jewellery was at its height of popularity during the 19th century; and it was
during the Victorian era that Bohemian garnet jewelry developed its
characteristic design of the garnets entirely dominating the metal setting.
This type of jewellery utilised rich claret-hued stones (pyrope garnets) that
had been mined in the Bohemian region of Eastern Europe. Highly prized
for both colour and light refraction, these close-set faceted garnets take on a
striking luminosity and intense color when placed in clusters. It is said that
the fire from a single Bohemian garnet can warm the coldest heart.
the Victorian era, Western cultures believed that garnets would enrich the
blood and provide the wearer with a long, healthy life. Victorians believed it
empowered them with truth, constancy and faith. Garnets are also the birthstone
for January and this brooch would sure make a wonderful gift.
Description: A fabulous brooch/pin dating to c1870-1890 comprised of a total of 77 rose cut garnets arranged in rosettes in 3 tiers.
Construction: appears to be silver with a slight brassy tone
Sizing: 3.12cm wide and 1cm thick
Weight: 9.6 grams
Condition: Excellent! With the loupe I can see 2 ever-so-slightly chipped stones. The pin has been replaced with a
Value Points: Undamaged condition, original patina & no missing or replaced stones!
Pictures taken with and without sunlight to show the sparkle and colour.
I guarantee the pictures do not do this one justice!