Garnets & Foam Gold

Expressive Biedermeier garnet necklace in four rows, around 1845

A speciality of 19th century goldsmiths was to work in "foam gold". This was a technique that could produce voluminous, golden pieces of jewellery, using very little gold which was very expensive at the time. The fronts of these jewels were made of thinly rolled and then stamped gold sheet, the backs often of silver or tombac. The gold bodies were then filled with resin so that they remained stable despite their low material thickness. This made it possible to produce the large, splendid surfaces that the years around 1840-50 demanded in terms of taste. The necklace presented here is an example from this period and combines a plastically ornamented clasp of foam gold with Bohemian garnets. The four-piece clasp, decorated with rocailles, is made of gold on the front, while the clasp case is made of tombac. It features a setting of four faceted garnet drops arranged into a cloverleaf, and holds a total of four strands of faceted garnets, which are staggered lengthwise. This creates a rich composition in dark red and rich gold. Created in the mid-19th century, we have had the necklace re-strung so that it can once again be worn with pleasure. It found its way to us here in Berlin.

As a dark and mysterious stone, garnet has always been the object of desire for people of all ages. Garnet jewellery suits 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.