Sparkling garland

Unusual vintage necklace made of garnets in gold, around 1970

Did you know that garnets, as deep red gemstones, were already used as love gifts in ancient times? The gemstone, which is found in an astonishing number of varieties all over the world today, is also said to have numerous protective functions. In the Middle Ages, dark red garnets were known as "carbuncle stones". The origin of this word is Latin: Carfunculus means as much as small, sparkling or red-hot coal and refers to the red shimmering garnet, which unfolds its deep color especially in sunlight. According to popular belief in past centuries, garnet was supposed to protect against bad dreams and other dangers. In the 19th century, for example, it was still assumed that wearers of this stone could develop new strength and energy to protect themselves against evil and to assert themselves against injustice. This necklace from around 1970 presents fine garnets from various countries of origin in a round facet cut and baguette cut in an extremely decorative form. On a delicate anchor chain, the design shows five semicircular elements that become larger towards the centre. The central element is also accentuated with a moveable suspended drop. The design of the necklace is distantly reminiscent of Indian Kundan jewellery, which is certainly no coincidence, as the culture of the subcontinent experienced a strong interest in the 1970s. All the stones are set discreetly in gold. Thus they radiate in a mysterious, dark red, and their deep glow enchants at first sight.

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 garnet as a gemstone is relatively insensitive, garnet jewelry once purchased can be a companion for a lifetime.

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