Large antique garnet pendant with locket, around 1880
A romantic secret, where better to keep it than in a fiery sparkling locket that can be worn in front of the chest? The large pendant here can keep such a secret. The pendant is designed as an oval. It presents itself as a wide frame with a diamond placed in its center. Both elements are richly set with garnets from Bohemia and sparkle deep red. On the back then is the medallion compartment. It is glazed and can be opened. So it can store e.g. a picture or a lock of hair. This late 19th century piece of jewelry is made of a low karat gold alloy called "shell gold". It has a high silver content and a gold content of less than 8 carats (less than 333/000). That this method of setting garnets was widespread in the late 19th century is evidenced by an advertisement which we reproduce herewith: In the 1888 jewelry catalog of the American firm E. V. Roddin & Co. it is noted at the bottom of the page, "The material in which the above goods are mounted cannot be called gold, but it is a very fine composition metal, peculiarly adapted in color ... for the purpose of mounting Bohemian Garnets." We discovered the pendant here in Berlin. It is in very good condition.
The garnet, as a dark and mysterious stone has always been the object of desire of people of all ages. Garnet jewelry fits almost every occasion and is therefore not only worn in the evening or on festive occasions. Most commonly used are the dark red pyrope garnets, which we also find in the piece of jewellery presented here. These gemstones come from localities in Bohemia and delight with their deep and rich color. Since the garnet as a gemstone is relatively insensitive, once acquired garnet jewelry can be a companion for a lifetime.
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