Victorian Garnet, Ruby and Rose Cut Diamond Crescent Moon Necklace

$1,600.00
About Details History
Garnet takes its name from the Latin "granate" meaning seed. This moniker is an allusion to the red variety of the gemstone's likeness in color to the pomegranate seed, but garnets actually occur in all colors with the exception of blue. The red and purplish varieties of the mineral (pyrope and almandine) are the most common in the family (and thereby the most popular) and were employed in the jewelry of Ancient Rome and Egypt, Medieval Europe, and all the way up through the Georgian and Victorian periods and into the present day. This lovely Victorian crescent is set with 11 garnets, and interestingly, 2 rubies (the cuts match that of the garnets so it's unclear if they are original to the piece or if they are replacement stones). A dozen tiny rose cut diamonds add some sparkle to the already eye-catching red moon. Formerly a brooch, we have converted this piece into a necklace. Hangs from a 17.5" chain.

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  • Materials: 10k gold (tests), 11 graduated almandine pyrope garnets, 2 rubies, 12 1mm rose cut diamonds, new 14k gold chain
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent - converted from a brooch into a pendant
  • Size: 7/8" diameter, 17.5" chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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About Details History
Garnet takes its name from the Latin "granate" meaning seed. This moniker is an allusion to the red variety of the gemstone's likeness in color to the pomegranate seed, but garnets actually occur in all colors with the exception of blue. The red and purplish varieties of the mineral (pyrope and almandine) are the most common in the family (and thereby the most popular) and were employed in the jewelry of Ancient Rome and Egypt, Medieval Europe, and all the way up through the Georgian and Victorian periods and into the present day. This lovely Victorian crescent is set with 11 garnets, and interestingly, 2 rubies (the cuts match that of the garnets so it's unclear if they are original to the piece or if they are replacement stones). A dozen tiny rose cut diamonds add some sparkle to the already eye-catching red moon. Formerly a brooch, we have converted this piece into a necklace. Hangs from a 17.5" chain.

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  • Materials: 10k gold (tests), 11 graduated almandine pyrope garnets, 2 rubies, 12 1mm rose cut diamonds, new 14k gold chain
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent - converted from a brooch into a pendant
  • Size: 7/8" diameter, 17.5" chain
  • Location: To see this necklace in person please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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