Vintage/antique GARNET jewelry
Garnet as a gemstone had its heyday in Victorian era when other dark "anti-gems" such as pyrite & jet were also popular. Garnets were thought to cure blood disorders or anger. Pyrope is the name of the deep red, orange-red or purplish garnet. Major source of garnet gems from the Renaissance through the Victorian Era were the "Bohemian " pyrope deposits in the vicinity of Trebenice, Czechoslovakia, thus the name Bohemian garnets. (http://www.auntjudysattic.com/Antique_Jewelery12.htm)
Victorian Garnet and Rose Cut Diamond Ring "A rich almond red 8.00 carat oval cabochon garnet is set in a delicate bezel setting and adorned with a striking, eight-legged star appliqué twinkling with rose-cut diamonds in yellow gold in this splendid, original antique Victorian ring. The wide rose gold shank is hand engraved. The garnet measures 3/4 by 5/8 inches."
A 99-carat center polished garnet is surrounded by another 50 carats of garnets in shades ranging from deep red to bright orange, all set in 22-karat yellow gold. - Houston Museum Of Natural Science
Thirteen rectangular links set with thirty-one garnets each comprise this wonderful antique, yet geometric, Bohemian garnet bracelet . Base metal
late-nineteenth century Middle-Europe comes this lovely faceted garnet bracelet composed of eleven graduated snowflakes
ART NOUVEAU Floral Ring - Two Colour Gold Demantoid Garnet Diamond - '56' zolotniks rose and green gold & Moscow marks for 1908-1917 - Russian, c.1908
Necklace, 1764 - Maker: Benjamin Gurdon & Son - London, England - Silver, gold, garnet (MV: W-2687) - Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Martha Washington amassed a large set of garnet jewelry for herself and her daughter, Martha Parke Custis