E 474 Garnet Pendant with an Intaglio of Apple and Pear in Rock Crystal:


The pendant dates to 186o, and from a family in Charlottesville, VA. The setting is vermeil and the chain has French gold marks which test 12 karat gold. The setting holds an outer band of 16 hand cut natural garnets. Eight of the garnets are .16 point and eight are.o6 points each. All are hand cut for this pendant and prong set. The intaglio is carved on the reverse side with an Apple, which represents “Immortality”, and a Pear, which represents a "Love token", in the Victorian language of Objects. The pendant was a beautiful and meaning gift.
Information on Garnets:
The Bohemian garnets were used in jewelry in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance Period and highly desired in the 19th Century. The garnets were mined in Bohemia, Saxony, and Scotland. These garnets are Bohemian dark red gemstones that are all hand cut and hand set in this setting. Garnets are very old mined gemstones and 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.
In the language of the Gemstones, during the Victorian time, garnets represented “Virtue”.
The pendant’s size is 13/4 inches wide and 7/8th of an inch tall. The pendant comes with a gold chain of 17inches long including the pendant it the length. The pendant and gemstones are in excellent condition and strong to wear.

Price: $475.00