The word "Bohemian" comes from the region of Bohemia, a kingdom which later became Czechoslovakia. Deep red garnet gemstones were produced there along with a style of using them in jewelry that became popular in the Victorian Era, and throughout the turn of the century. They were often set into base metals or lower karat gold settings to be more accessible to the Middle Class.
Around the mid to late 19th Century, the star motif was all the rage in jewelry, and this necklace dates from that period. The garnets are a deep red and set in the Pave technique, which is low and even, with very little metal showing, almost like a mosaic. The larger star at the base of the necklace has two dangling stars, creating even more sparkle and interest to the piece.
Today, this style is wildly popular and has been re-coined Boho-Chic. We love to know that modern fashionistas are embracing the jewels of the past, and re-purposing them to help make new styles and stories!
This antique garnet necklace is sure to be the star of your collection! It is entirely made up of flat-cut garnet-encrusted stars- 23 make up the chain, with two more dangling off the show-stopping three-tiered star in the middle. The deceptively dark garnets sparkle and shine in the light from within, and add the perfect accent of Beaujolais red to any ensemble.
Dimensions: 16" + 1 3/4" extension chain
Materials: Garnets, metal
Metal: Low gold carat metal (perhaps 6K)
Condition: Excellent antique condition.