E562 Victoria Bohemian Garnet Star Cluster Brooch/Pin, Circa 1860:


E562

This nicely designed pin set a star design with a frame of Vermeil. The pin has 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.
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.
All natural Bohemian Garnets are hand cut in a Rose Cut and all are handset into the brooch. The brooch has three levels of Garnets give the pin depth in design.
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 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 pin is 1 3/8 of an inch across and has a T-bar pin stem and C-clasp which is correct for the period. The Brooch and Garnets are in excellent condition.

Price: $445.00