This is a gorgeous example of Art Nouveau jewelry from around the turn of the 20th century. Crafted out of almandite garnet, black enamel, and sterling silver. The delicate and feminine pendant is set with a glowing oval cut almandite garnet. The dainty and intricate design of the enamel and silver is classic Art Nouveau. Such a beautiful necklace for a January baby!
The name garnet derives from the Latin word granatum, which means pomegranate. Garnet is the stone of fire, Mars, and Scorpio. The vibrant red hues of garnet associated it with blood in Medieval times and were thought to cure many circulatory ailments and aid the liver in expelling toxins. Garnet’s virtues are true friendship, passion, success, self-esteem, and fidelity, making it a famous stone for betrothal in past eras. They promoted confidence, which made them a favorite gemstone for ancient warriors. Some even believe pyrope garnets are inside the Ark of the Covenant.
The necklace is in very good antique condition with minimal signs of wear. The silver’s surface has little signs of wear, and the garnet is not chipped or cracked. The enamel has a few tiny areas of wear but nothing noticeable. The pendant is stamped STERLING.
The necklace is 16″ long, and the pendant measures 1-1/4″ tall and 1/2″ wide and weighs 2.83 grams. The box is for display only.
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