This is a lovely and unusual necklace set with deep red Bohemian Garnets from the Victorian Period. This style is very unusual and highly collectable.
This piece dates from the1890s and is in good condition. Yes, it could use a good cleaning and we will leave that to its new owner.
Natural rose cut Bohemian garnets set in a brass base metal (tombak), typically used throughout this period. The metal has started to tarnish at the back (please see photos). I'm unsure whether this can be cleaned by a jeweler. Total length: (18.11 inches).
Total weight: 13.75 grams. The push down clasp works. Condition - no one stone, please see photos!
Bohemian garnet jewelry was extremely popular during the late nineteenth century, when it was worn by Victorians. It was around this time when a jewelry school was opened in Turnov.
The jewelry produced there did not enjoy such great popularity in the 20th century, but in the 21st century, traditional Bohemian garnet jewelry enjoyed a revival. Craftsmen in 19th century Bohemia (later part of Czechoslovokia) began to produce jewellery using pavé-set clusters of multi-faceted stones. This jewellery was mounted either in gold, often low grade, but also in silver gilt or metal.
A typical design used rose cut garnets clustered around a garnet cabochon in star shaped patterns or flowerheads. They produced a range of pieces from drop earrings, brooches, pendants and necklaces. Some of the pieces were very elaborate. The settings were usually closed at the back.
Garnets from the region have been used in jewellery for centuries but the industry grew in the 16th century and the processing of the jewellery moved to the town of Turnov. New rivet technology enabled the binding of small stones into a compact face, which enhanced the utilization of smaller garnet stones. In 1896, M Bauer estimated that there were3,000 men engaged in garnet-cutting, some hundreds of garnet-drillers, about 500 goldsmiths and silversmiths, and some 3,500 working jewellers. The collecting of garnets employs some 350 or 400 persons, so that, including the many persons whose work is indirectly connected with the industry, there must be between 9,000 and 10,000 persons gaining their livelihood by labour connected with the working of this precious stone (Schliiter and Weitschat, 1991, 168).
The introduction of larger scale manufacturing of garnet jewelry created mass-produced machine pressed metal settings and garnets of inferior quality. Production began to slow in the 20th century and an economic depression in the 1920s affected the industry.
The two world wars led to instability in the region and the industry never recovered. An excellent gift for the collector!
This is a lovely item to own or to give as a special gift! A condition on a REAL photo.
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The item "ANTIQUE 19 Century Art Deco Bohemian Rose Cut Faceted Garnet Necklaces Victorian" is in sale since Monday, July 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "junkman058" and is located in Kiev, UA.
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