A stunning vintage 9k yellow gold seven garnet cluster ring that forms the shape of a flower. The cluster creates a Victorian era feel to this piece. The shoulders of the band have a gorgeous gold studded effect, with three studs on each side. It is hallmarked '9CT GOLD' on the inner band. The garnets are a deep darkish red, almost merlot color.
This ring or statement piece would make an excellent gift for yourself or someone special, especially for birthdays in January, as garnet is January birthstone. It could be an alternative antique engagement ring.
Excellent vintage condition.
Weight 2.23 grams
A little history: Garnet gemstones go all the way back to the early Iron Age. Significant deposits of red pyrope garnet were discovered in Bohemia (Central Europe) around the turn of the 16th century. A thriving garnet jewelry and cutting industry based on the very popular red garnets was started in Czechoslovakia in 1500. Until the nineteenth century it was the world’s largest source of gem garnets. These fiery red pyrope garnets were very popular in Victorian jewelry, often times found in the form of cluster rings. Although these are not rose cut garnets, they were very popular from the Czech Republic and often covered entire jewelry items.
Additionally, the Victorian Era marks the lifespan of Queen Victoria from 1837 until her death in 1901. Jewelry was extremely important in the life of the Queen. As a girl, gifts of jewelry and accessories were abundant. These items were of the fashion of the time and not particularly notable but, held great sentimental value. She wore jewelry liberally and abundantly. During this time, gemstones such as garnet were usually seen in clusters, to symbolize abundance, much like a vine of grapes. Other motifs in Romantic Period Jewelry included: eyes, hands, hearts, anchors, crosses, arrows, clovers, love knots, garters, buckles, vines, and leaves.