Exquisite Vintage Bohemian rose cut Garnet dangle earrings set in gold washed (vermeil) sterling. The sterling has been acid tested, but there are markings – more about that. My educated guess is that they date from the 1920s to 1930.
The history of garnet jewelry goes back hundreds of years, and their continued popularity today is no surprise when you see how glorious they are. The deep rich blood red color is magnificent, and they glisten against the gold washed sterling setting
These stunning earrings have a center bezel set oval rose cut garnet surrounded by two separate layers of encrusted close-set rose cut garnets of different sizes.
All together on each earring, there is the large center oval, 16 garnets circling the center stone, then 28 more garnets on the main drop. On the top ear clasp , there is 1 larger center garnet surrounded by 8 small garnets. Altogether there is a total of 108 garnets on both earrings. The two center ovals are bezel set, and all the other garnets are prong set
Size: 1 3/8 inch (34.92 mm) long by 7/8 inch wide (22.22 mm)
Condition: Excellent estate previously owned item; screw backs. Can easily be changed to pierced earrings by your jeweler. No damage, no repairs.
Markings: I love trying to figure out the marks on antique and vintage jewelry to find dating, where and who created the piece. Each earring is marked, but the marks are so small, they are almost impossible to read. I have looked at these a lot, then looked up what I think I am seeing. This is my best shot, but don’t hold me to it.
First there are two engraved rectangles. The marks inside these are not readable.
The next mark is the maker’s mark. There are the initials R and H with a feather (or perhaps a sheath of wheat) in between.
The next is the country mark. This one is really difficult to see, but I think I see the profile of Hibernia which is the mark for Ireland. So perhaps that’s where these Bohemian garnets went to be fashioned into these beautiful earrings.
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