E341 Oval Garnet Earring Circa 1855, set in Vermeil:


The earrings have a setting of Vermeil which is also called “Garnet Gold” in which a lot of the Victorian Vermeil was used which was Silver Gilt with Gold.
Garnet Facts and Legends:
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.
Garnets have been widely known for thousands of years. Even Noah, it is reported, used a lantern from Garnet in order to safely steer his Ark through the darkness of the night. Garnets are found in jeweler from ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman eras. Many courageous discoverers and travelers wore Garnets for protection, as they were considered popular talismans and protective stones, because it was believed in those days that Garnets illuminate the night and prevent their wearer from any sort of evil. Today science explained to us that the proverbial luminosity of Garnet is caused by its high refraction of light.
The garnet measure 3mm, 1.75, 1.5 mm in size, they are 2 1/4 inch tall with wires and 1 1/4 inches wide. The backs are lever backed and probably French since the French invented Lever backs mid-19th century. The current value for insurance is $1800.00 as of October 2016.

Price: $575.00