Antique mid-Victorian Bohemian garnet brooch from about 1860


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I love the shape and the fine workmanship in this rose-cut Bohemian garnet brooch from about 1860. 

The varied stone cuts and sizes, plus the movement of so many articulated elements, add to the appeal. It’s set in that low carat of gold known as garnet gold – it’s about four-carat, what you expect in this style of garnet jewel. 

Examples like this are still quite affordable,  given the complexity and skill involved in creating them. It’s good to know that a piece like this, which required so many hours of artisan skill, could not be reproduced today for a practical price. 

In any case, these skills have been lost. In the world of antiques, where fakes have always thrived, that is very reassuring. 


• Handmade in “garnet gold” – low-carat gold of about four carats

• Set with rose-cut Bohemian garnets

• Approximately 6.2cm (almost 2 1/2 inches) long, 3.6cm (almost 1 1/2 inches) wide

• Weight is 10.5 grams

• In excellent antique condition

• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box 

• Note: some of the other jewellery is for sale separately (some has sold). Please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description. 

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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