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It is rare to find an early Garnet link Bracelet from the Victorian time period. These hand cut genuine Bohemian garnet jewels are natural garnets with nice, deep fiery red color that are highly prized. The Bohemian garnet jewels are from what is now known as The Czech Republic now, and were known to have adorned the dresses of Russian tsarinas at the Vienna congress after the Napoleon fall in 1815. During the ninetieth century the appearance of the Bohemian garnet jewelry has reached the characteristic designs in which garnets dominate the gemstones in popularity. In this time period, these garnets were called the “Bohemian Ruby”.
The Center cluster is 3/4 of an inch tall, the two cluster on each side of the center is 1/2 of an in tall and the other 12 clusters are 3/8 of an inch tall. The clasp is 1/2 wide and 1/4 tall!
The setting is called Vermeil. Definition of Vermeil, a French word which came into use in the English language, mostly in America, in the 19th century as an alternative for the usual term silver-gilt is a combination of sterling silver and gold, and other precious metals. It is commonly used as a component in jewelry. Victorian also called it Garnet Gold. It looks as if it had little ware.
Each set of garnet rosettes are connected with tiny links allowing for movement and a graceful fit. The bracelet is 6 7/8 inches long, and should fit an average wrist today. The bracelet is in excellent condition and strong to wear and comes with a safety chain. The current insured replacement value as of October 2016 is $4000.00.