Bohemian garnet is only found in Bohemia
and was valued for it's beauty and supposed
curative and uplifting effects. Garnet
jewelry is varied in style and garnets
themselves range from multi-faceted
reflectors of rich deep reds to cabochons,
juicy as pomegranate seeds. They also
come in almost all colors except blue.
Garnets were mounted in low and higher
karat yellow gold, gold plate and mixed
metal settings and more recently in
sterling. The history of garnet jewelry
goes back hundreds of years and it is
no wonder when you see how glorious
they are. Bohemian garnet jewelry is
known for it's encrusted close-set stones
which are often rose cut and sometimes
combined with larger cabochons and faceted
stones. (Bohemia became Czechoslovakia
as a gemstone had its heyday in the
Victorian era when other dark "anti-gems"
such as pyrite and jet were also popular.
Garnets were thought to be a malady
for blood disorders or anger. Pyrope
is the name of the deep red, orange-red
or purplish garnet. The major source
of garnet gems from the Renaissance
through the Victorian Era were the "Bohemian
" pyrope deposits in the vicinity
of Trebenice, Czechoslovakia, thus the
name Bohemian garnets.
Garnets are real garnets (often imitated
in glass) that were mined from a certain
mountain region in Bohemia, now long
exhausted of its garnets, never to be
found again. They are characterized
by their intensely rich deep red color.
garnets range mostly in the lighter
orange reds to watery reds and come
mostly from India. Garnets are very
plentiful today but the quality of Bohemian
garnets has never been matched.
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