In a dress of stars

Large antique necklace made of bohemian garnets, around 1880

Garnet necklaces from Bohemia are among the classics of jewellery. As so-called "carbuncle stones" they were already attributed magical powers in the Middle Ages and they appear in the literature of that time as "Bohemian fire dragons", which underpins their mystical charge once again. After garnets had been mined in Bohemian mines for centuries, they went completely out of fashion in the years around 1800. This changed abruptly when Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Sisi) visited the crown land of Bohemia on her honeymoon in 1854 and was presented with some of these treasures from the Bohemian mines. The empress had a whole parure, i.e. an extensive jewellery set, made from these garnets and presented herself in the gleam of the garnets to Viennese society at a court ball. The very next day - or so the story goes - a veritable run on jewellery with the fire dragons broke out. All the ladies of Vienna wanted to own Bohemian garnet jewellery. The garnet necklace presented here is composed of various individual shapes, small and large stars, leaves and garlands, and is set with fine Bohemian garnets in various cuts. The stones sparkle and shine in a festive red, refracting the light with every movement. Thus, the approximately 140-year-old piece of jewellery is still an eye-catcher and a reminder of the precious gowns of Viennese society.

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.