This antique Victorian garnet cluster looks like a pomegranate that has been split open revealing its glowing, red gemmy seeds. The rich wine color changes to a firey scarlet as you move your hand and it catches the light. The perfect piece for for someone who loves this deep burgundy hue.
Previously a brooch (circa 1880/90), now in its second incarnation as a ring, it is comprised of concentric layers of rose cut garnets in round and pear shapes. Like most garnet jewelry from this period the cluster is set in what is called garnet gold, sterling silver or other base metal washed with gold. The gallery and band are made of solid 14 Kt rose gold, a weighty 9.3 grams.
Wear it as a cocktail ring on its own or add another cluster ring in a contrasting color: hot pink sapphires, diamonds, orange fire opals.
Dimensions & Details
- The ring is a US size 9 and UK size R 1/2. The ring can be easily sized up or down within reason.
- The gallery and band are solid 14 Kt rose gold (tested).
- The diameter of the face of the ring is 1 1/4 inches.
- The garnets are Pyrope garnets, also called Bohemian garnets.
- Top possibly England or U.S.
- Gallery and band U.S.
Period & Hallmarks
- Top Victorian, circa 1880/90, not marked.
- Modern, band stamped 14 Kt.
- The ring is in very good antique condition. The stones have some minor abrasions which are not eye visible (i.e. only visible via magnification).
Pyrope garnets were mined in the region called Bohemia in the 19th century, an area that is now part of the Czech Republic. Garnets from this area are a deep wine/red in color that flash a bright red or scarlet when moved under light.
Typically finished as cabochons or rose cuts and used in jewelry during the Georgian and Victorian periods, their popularity increased significantly during the late Victorian period (1880-1900).
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