E711 Star Garnet Earrings, Civil War Era, Circa 1860:


The earrings are set in vermeil with 14-karat gold ear post and backs. They have a star motif and are set with nineteen hand-cut bohemian natural garnets. The garnets sizes are one round rose cut center stone at 40 points circling this center stone are eight trillion cut garnets at 10 points each. The post is set with ten round garnets at 2mm for the center and 1.2 mm for the smaller stones. The above measurements describe each earring.
In the Victorian symbolism of Objects, A Star represents " The Spirit."
Information on Garnets:
Garnets have been known to Man for thousands of years. Noah, it is said, used a garnet lantern to help him steer his ark through the night. Garnets are also found in jewelry from early Egyptian, Greek, and Roman times. Many an early explorer and traveler liked to carry a garnet with him, for the garnet was popular as a talisman and protective stone, as it was believed to light up the night and protect its bearer from evil and disaster. Today, science has taught us that the garnet's proverbial luminosity comes from its high refractive index.
Not only do garnets have many colors; they also have many names: almandine, andradite, demantoid, grossularite, hessonite, pyrope, rhodolite, tsavorite, spessartine, and uvarovite, to quote but a few. But let us restrict ourselves to the most important and begin with the red garnets. First, there is the fiery red pyrope. It's spirited red, often with a slight brownish nuance, was a gemstone color much in demand in the 18th and 19th centuries. Garnets from a find in the northeastern part of the former kingdom of Bohemia - small stones of a beautiful hue - were world-famous at that time. In Europe, they have worked into jewelry a good deal, especially in the Victorian period.
That genuine Bohemian garnet jewelry was traditionally set with a large number of small stones, which were close to one another like the seeds of a pomegranate, with their red sparkle. And today too, garnets are still found in former Czechoslovakia and set close together according to the old tradition, the attractiveness of classical garnet jewelry thus consisting mainly in the beauty of the gemstones.
This information is from the International Colored Gemstone Association.
The size of the earrings is 1 inch tall by 1/2 of an inch wide. The earrings are in excellent condition with new strong backs to the post.

Price: $400.00