Beautiful Victorian Bohemian cabochon garnet necklace. set in gold plated set The Pinch Beck chain measures 18"L with a 2"L extender and a spring ring clasp. The design is 3 1/2"w across the center of the chain and the drops 1 1/16"L and weighs 8.5grs. This is set with five lovely teardrop shape cabochon stones and one oval shape stone in rose gold pinch back. The focal area of this necklace has four teardrops, with the oval stone set in the center. From the center dangles a fifth teardrop cabochon garnet stone. Each is accented with a twisted design at the base of the stones and all are in prong setting From the 19th century Absolutely stunning piece with class and simplistic style
FOR LOVE OF THE GARNET The Bohemian Garnet is one of the deepest and fiery red gem stones from the Victorian period.Garnet is the birthstone for January and the stone that celebrates the 2nd anniversary of marriage. The name "garnet" comes from the Latin word "Garanatus," meaning "seedlike," in reference to a pomegranate. This reference makes sense as small garnets look like the bright red seeds you find inside in a pomegranate. The garnet has been a popular gem throughout history. Garnets were found as beads in a necklace worn by a young man in a grave that dates back to 3000 B.C. This is proof of the hardness and durability of the stone Throughout time, there have been many ancient traditions and legends about the garnet. In medieval times, the stones were thought to cure depression, protect against bad dreams, and relieve diseases of the liver, as well as hemorrhages. According to legend, Noah used a finely cut, glowing garnet to illuminate the ark during those dark wet days and nights. Hebrew writers include the garnet as one of the twelve gems in Aaron's breastplate. Christian tradition considered the blood-red garnet as a symbol of Christ's sacrifice. The Koran holds that the garnet illuminates the Fourth Heaven of the Moslems. The Greeks said it guarded children from drowning. It was also thought to be potent against poisons.
In Greek mythology, a pomegranate is referenced as a gift of love and is associated with eternity. Nowadays, Garnet remains as a gift of love and is traditionally given for the 19th anniversary of marriage. It may also be used as a gift for two-year and six-year anniversaries. Moreover, Garnet is symbolic of a quick return and separated love, since Hades had given a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her speedy return. Therefore, Garnet may be given to a beloved before embarking on a trip, as it is believed to heal the broken bonds of lovers.
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