The color of love

Large almandine cabochon in gold as a ring, Mariage, Chester circa 1890

The name of the garnet is derived from the Latin "granatus", which means rich in seeds, because the red stones have a similarity with the seeds of the pomegranate (Punica granatum). The pomegranate occupies a special place in mythology. It is said that the young Persephone - the wife of Hades, god of the underworld - wanted to return to the surface of the earth to her mother Demeter, the goddess of fertility. So Hades gave her a taste of the pomegranate before her journey. Since no one who has once tasted of the food of the underworld can remain on the surface of the earth forever, he thus assured her return. Henceforth Persephone spent half a year in each of the two worlds - and the earth is flourishing and fruitful in that half year in which she is with Demeter. It was probably this legend that led to the garnet becoming a symbol of constancy, loyalty and faithfulness. Numerous ancient books tell of this symbolic meaning of garnet. In popular belief, it was also supposed to strengthen love: "it holds to the owner the passionate love of all those whose love may be desired", says Bratley's "The Power of Gems & Charms", 1906. The present ring sets a large cabochon-cut cherry-red almandine garnet. It is open set so that it appears brighter when unworn than when on the finger. The large stone is framed by a restrained setting of gold. The ring face and the ring band were probably created separately and later joined together to form a so-called Mariage, but both date from the same period, as their respective finishes, metal colours and designs suggest. For this reason, the ring thus created is quite coherent.

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