sugar and spice
Antique ring with hessonite & diamonds, Great Britain circa 1770
The garnet family includes many more color variations than just the dark red Bohemian pyrope: Almandines from Pakistan, for example, often show a rather bluish cherry red, demantoids are bright green. Another variety is the orange-red hessonite, also called cinnamon stone. The name hessonite was given to it by the French mineralogist René-Just Haüy (1742-1822) from the Greek "hesson" (= lower), presumably due to its lower density in contrast to hyacinth zircons of the same colour, with which hessonite was often confused. A more poetic story is hidden behind the designation as cinnamon or cane stone: The garnet variety once received this name from the German mineralogist Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1817) due to its colour. The present ring, which represents a British ring type from the second half of the 18th century (today known as "Georgian three-stone ring"), dates from the time of these two mineralogists. Rings of this type are known with a variety of center stones, but almandine garnets were most commonly used. The choice of a hessonite is unusual and rare. Flanking the faceted stone are two diamonds in historic cuts and silver settings. All gemstones are set closed and backed with foil, giving them a special sparkle. Two trefoil elements of silver fill the split ring shoulders typical of the period, which, like the rail, are made of reddish gold. Other rings of this type can be found, for example, in Hanns-Ulrich Haedeke: Schmuck aus drei Jahrtausenden, Cologne 2000, p. 272 (cf. there especially the texturing of the ring shoulders of the left ring) as well as in Ginny Reddington Dawes/Olivia Collings: Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, Woodbridge 2007, p. 32.
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