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The earrings are handmade and set with hand cut garnets that are Rose Cut. Each earring holds 13 rose cut natural stones, and Victorian garnet gemstones are a deeper true red than garnets that are mined today (which have a lot of orange to brown color to them). The garnets are set in Vermeil which is a Gold gift over Sterling. French lever back wires which were invented in mid-19th Century. Garnet gemstones were used in the Civil War time period, and represented Venture in the Language of Gems. The name garnet probably comes from pomegranate. Many ancient pieces of garnet jewelry are studded with tiny red stones that do look a lot like a cluster of pomegranate seeds! Jewelry set with garnets from Czechoslovakia was extremely popular in the nineteenth century.The center Rose cut garnet is 80 points of a carat, the other 12 are .02 parts of a carat each. The size is 1 3/4 inches tall with wires and 1/2 of an inch across.
The history of Garnet dates back to the Bronze Age (more than 5,000 years ago), when it was a very popular gemstone. According to Christian and Jewish mythologies, when God's wrath clouded the earth with thunderous storms and endless rain during the Great Flood, a radiant red Garnet guided the way for Noah, ultimately leading his ark to salvation.
These earrings are in excellent condition and beautiful to wear today and very comfortable. The set of garnet gemstone earrings have a current value for insurance of $1650.00