Friendly Creature

Unworn Bohemian Garnet Brooch in Rose Gold Plated Silver

Jewellery with animals is always a great pleasure. Little dogs and cats, for instance, were a big fashion in the 1950s. At the turn of the century around 1900, on the other hand, it was reptiles and insects that made their way onto ladies' collars and necklines. Often richly set with precious stones, these pieces of jewellery remained popular until the first decades of the 20th century. The brooch here was created from this tradition. We see a salamander making its way into attention in a sinuous gait. Its body sparkles warmly in the red light of numerous garnets. The rose cut stones are set close together in rose gold-plated silver, which gives the dark fire of the garnets the necessary space to unfold. The garnets used are genuine stones from Bohemia, which have a particularly deep red colour and were known in the Middle Ages as "carbuncle stones". By a lucky circumstance we became aware of a small manufactory, rich in tradition, where garnet jewellery is still produced in the same way as in the years around 1900. The jewellery created here is made in elaborate handwork, but at the same time it is unworn. So you can be sure that all the stones in this brooch are firmly seated and perfectly crafted.

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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.