Georgian Garnets

Pretty ring with garnets & diamonds in silver & gold, Great Britain circa 1780

With its shimmering trim, the ring presented here transports us to the England of the years around 1780, a time when the English upper classes lived on their extensive country estates. The day was devoted to outdoor amusements and sporting activities, while elegant salons dominated social life in the evening. The distinction between day and evening jewellery, with which the English lady took these different requirements into account, also dates from this period. Rings in particular were worn in a wide variety of forms and often in large numbers at the same time, as contemporary paintings attest. The most popular gemstone of the period for daytime jewellery was undoubtedly garnet. Always set in closed settings, its color was enhanced to an incomparably rich red by backed silver foils. Then, in the years shortly after 1800, garnets went completely out of fashion and did not become popular again until the second half of the 19th century. At the center of the ring here, fine pyrope garnets glow a deep red, forming a triad in a navette-shaped ring head. Effectively, the diamonds of the ring are held by mirror settings that shimmeringly reflect the incident light. While the diamonds are set in silver, the garnets are set in gold. Presumably the ring is a love gift of those years, as diamonds as stones of "eternity" and the garnet as a glowing red gemstone make this very plausible. The ring is beautifully preserved and a fine example of English jewellery of the years around 1780. On the history of garnet jewellery in the 18th century see Ginny Redington Dawas/Olivia Collings: Georgian Jewelry 1714-1830, Woodbridge 2007, pp. 40-41.

Garnet in its numerous varieties was one of the most popular gemstones of the 18th century. People loved the intense colors of these stones, which were so in keeping with the fashion of the Rococo period! Today we associate garnet jewellery mainly with the typical stars and flowers of historicism, darkly glowing with countless deep red garnet roses. But in fact, depending on where it was found, garnet also shines in a bright red-orange, in an elegant violet or even in a beautiful green!

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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.