Night Time Is the Right Time

Antique garnet brooch in the shape of a big moth, around 1890

The brooch here impresses with its many dark red garnets, lined up in a pavé setting to give a rich impression. The smaller, faceted garnets are Bohemian pyrope garnets, while the larger cabochon-cut stones are most likely almandine garnets. This mixture is typical, as large bohemian garnets are rarely found. All stones are set in gilded tombac, characteristic of garnet jewellery of the time. Because the settings are not very visible from the front, there is hardly any flashing metal to interfere with the glow of the garnets, and so the deep red stones are the focus of the design. Jewellery in the shape of insects was a great fashion in the years of the late 19th century. People wore bejeweled butterflies in their hair, pins in the shape of flies on their lapels. Spiders and moths were also among the jewellers' offerings. Insects were particularly popular as brooches, which were worn in the middle of the collar of the blouse or for the evening on the corsage of the ball gown. We discovered the impressive, large moth in London, where it spent the last years.

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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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.