Garnets look beautiful combined with gold, diamond, pearls and opals. A beautiful red garnet makes a run of the mill rhinestone look like the real thing. Garnets can be worn day and night and really pop when paired with navy, rich browns and grey. Mixed with light toned jewels ( eg pearls or opals) they are fabulous with the little black dress. You will find antique garnet jewelry set in both gold and silver and they look wonderful in any metal. If you fall in love with an older piece at a flea market , have it checked out by a jeweler. Over time stones become loose and it can be difficult ( and pricy) to replace missing bits and pieces.
The Mystery of Bohemian Garnets
You will often see a peice of antique garnet jewelry described as “Bohemian” garnets. This region of the Czech republic has been the center of garnet production since the 16th century. Bohemian style, a favorite with Victorians uses numerous gems of different sizes to create elaborate yet delicate designs. According to legend jewelry production was located on an island near Bohemia and only authorized workers were alowed to set foot on it. Intruders were eliminated without mercy.
I can remmeber when garnets were an affordable semi precious stone. Now with gold prices so high, it can be harder to find garnets in a decent price range. At flea markets look for a vintage Bohemian garnet pin to add feminine sparkle to a simple navy pants suit. A pair of small garnet studs look wonderful with a cranberry sweater and grey pants. If you’re looking for one piece that can do it all, a garnet bracelet will work equally well with a tan tweed jacket and a black velvet tank dress. Its that good.