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Georgian floral almandine garnet necklet

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Glorious Georgian (ca. 1760-80) closed-back set necklet of amazing almandine flat-cut garnet stones (87) silver set as an openwork garland of floral motifs, clusters, ribbons, and leaves – lovely and airy.

Each section is connected via a silver tongue. There are slide brackets at each end to allow for ribbons to be inserted for tying at the side or back.

Each of the inside sections measures 1 1/8” tab to tab; the beginning and end sections are 7/8” each; and the overall measurement is 7 3/8”.

A long piece of velvet ribbon comes with this necklet, for tying a bow on the side or in the back.

Purchased in England. There is a similar example at the V & A.

As quoted from Dawes and Collings, Georgian Jewellery 1714 – 1830, “The most desirable gemstone of Georgian day jewellery was undoubtedly the garnet.” Also, on page 2, opposite the title page of the book, there is a photo showing a similar airy garnet necklet.

And in America, Martha Washington had a collection of garnet jewelry, including a similar necklace.

In a 1766 painting by Jeremiah Theus, Mrs. Barnard Eliott is depicted wearing a similar necklace which had a drop pendant added. See: Jewelry in America, by Martha Gandy Fales, pgs. 36 and 37.

Price: $3,950

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Inventory #26740

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