E492 Civil War Era, Round Garnet Brooch:


This is a brooch is normally worn at the collar. The Garnet brooch/pin would be dated to 1860 to 1865. The handmade setting was handmade of 12 karat yellow gold and vermeil. The pin was made by selecting deep red Bohemian Garnets that match in color and then each stone was hand cut for this setting. This type of construction is very labor intensive and took hours to create because of the small stones and all the prongs and bezels to hold each gemstone. The sizes of the gemstones are eight 1 carat oval garnets, one 80 points round garnet, nineteen round garnets at .05 points each, eight gems at .15 points and eight at .01 points of a carat each. Garnet is probably the most used gemstone of the mid-19th century.
The ancient Greeks name garnets, because the color reminded them of the "granatum," or pomegranate seed. Noah used my inner fire as a lamp on his bow as he cast about on the ocean. The roots as a gemstone are found in the Nile Delta in 3100 B.C., where Egyptian artisans would craft me into beads or inlay me into hand-wrought jewelry. In the Victorian language of Gemstones Garnet meant “Virtue” and garnets are the birthstone for January.

This brooch is 1 1/8 inches across and has the original T-bar pin and Victorian safety clasp. The lovely brooch is in excellent condition and strong to wear.

Price: $530.00