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Divine - Vintage Sterling Silver 12K Rose Gold Wash Bohemian Garnet Cross Pendant. This lovely cross is crafted from sterling silver, and 12K rose gold wash (gold plate), hallmarked 925 sterling silver. Featuring 78 natural rose cut garnets. Victorian styling, and quality workmanship. This cross has a beautiful shape, and is adorned by a sea of sparkling deep red-wine Bohemian garnets, with a purple hue in different light intensities. They are expertly claw set, and display a fiery red colour. The chain is adjustable and is original to the piece. This Vintage Victorian Revival cross would make a perfect gift or wonderful addition to any jewelry collection. This one is a beauty!
The history of garnet dates back to the Bronze Age, more than 5000 years ago. ... Its name, which has been used since these ancient times, was derived from the Latin word granatium, which means pomegranate (because the small, red crystals were thought to resemble pomegranate seeds).
The word “Bohemian” derives from the region of Bohemia, a kingdom which later became Czechoslovakia. Among other flourishing trades, this region produced gorgeous, deep red garnet gemstones and a style of jewelry that quickly became popular in the late Victorian Era and through the turn of the century.
Measurements: Locket (including bale) 34.00 mm x 20.00 mm Chain: 16" -24" Extender 2 1/2" Total 16" - 26 1/2"
Stone Size: Garnet 11.50 carats
Weight: 19.20 grams
Origin: Germany Provenance: Germany, Pforzheim: Found in a hidden attic in the Black Forest.
Date: Circa 1960