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FIERY STARBURST GARNETS ( Victorian Jewelry Garnet Pendant / Brooch / Pin ) The history and mystery of garnets is, I believe, part of their charm. Garnet is the birth stone for January, but desired by all collectors of Victorian Jewelry. The stone received its name from the Latin word for pomegranate because it reminded early scientists of pomegranate seeds. This wonderful Victorian Bohemian garnet brooch with drop delights the eye with its large and small starburst designs. (c. 1890) The large top section is four layers deep, which adds to the flash and sparkle. The stones are cut in both faceted tear drops and tiny faceted rounds. The deep wine pyrope garnets are set in low karat rose gold known as “garnet gold”. The brooch has a gold filled bale and jump ring added at some later time so that it could be worn as a pendant. (Easily removed by a jeweler if desired.) It appears that the shimmering drop was added to the brooch – a terrific embellishment! There is a C clasp pin closure. During the Victorian era, Western cultures believed that garnets would enrich the blood and provide the wearer with a long & healthy life. Highly coveted by collectors, this is a dazzling, sparkling example of antique garnet jewelry at its best. Condition: Excellent. No stones missing. Size: The entire brooch measures 2 ˝” long, 1 ˝” wide & ˝” deep.

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