E628 Cluster set Garnet Earrings with Dangles set in Vermeil:


The earrings have a setting of Vermeil which is also called “Garnet Gold” in which was used in the Victorian period it was a stronger medium to hold small stones that are set close together. The findings are post set earring backs. The Victorian earrings would have been created in 1850 to 1860 and are from Philadelphia.
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 was commonly used as a component in jewelry. Victorian also called it Garnet Gold.
The natural Bohemian Garnets are a deep color of garnet; there are eleven round Rose cut gemstones at 2.8 mm each and eighteen garnets at 2 mm each and sixteen garnets in the dangles at 1.5 mm each. All garnets are hand cut and handset in these lovely earrings.
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 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 earrings are 1 1/4 of an inch tall and 3/4 of an inch at the widest area. The Victorian earrings are lovely and in excellent condition.

Price: $575.00