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Victorian Garnet Sweetheart Necklace N958 | Sweet Romance Crystal Bar Thin Cuff Stacking Bangle Bracelet | Sweet Romance
Garnet Hearts Earrings E947-GA | Sweet Romance Art Deco Vintage Squares Bracelet BR540 | Sweet Romance
Art Deco Vintage Squares Earrings E540 | Sweet Romance Crystal Lorena Earrings E1197 | Sweet Romance
Crystal Bar Cuff Bracelets - SET OF 3 | Sweet Romance Silver Crystal Bar Thin Stacking Bangle Bracelet BR448 Sweet Romance | Sweet Romance
Crystal and Lace Cross Necklace | Sweet Romance Jewel Tip Bracelet BR525 | Sweet Romance
Jewel Tip Bracelet
Price: $41.00
Linear Bracelet BR521 | Sweet Romance Parisian Filigree Earrings E1373 | Sweet Romance
Garnet Garden Bracelet BR705 | Sweet Romance - LAST ONE! Victorian Jewel Y Necklace N1402 | Sweet Romance
Garnet Victorian Necklace | Sweet Romance Iridescent Oval Crystal Necklace N877 | Sweet Romance
Victorian Visiting Style Necklace N347 | Sweet Romance Red Magma Crystal Rocks Ring R317 | Sweet Romance
Victorian Garnet Earrings E958 | Sweet Romance Victorian Garnet Crystal Ring R338 | Sweet Romance
Garnet and Pearl Bracelet BR836-GA | Sweet Romance Somerset Garden Earrings
Vintage Crystal Necklace N774-GA | Sweet Romance
History: Jewelry set with garnets became popular in the last part of the 1800s. In shades of red, from pomegranate to dark scarlet, they were cut for faceted point back stones, domed cabochons and beads. Garnets were favored for their dramatic appearance against the skin and for their rich sparkle in the glow of electroliers, the new lighting of the era.

Garnets were mined from Mount Kozakov in Bohemia, a region noted for its network of cottage workshops, with families specializing in different aspects of jewelry production. Bohemian garnet, a relatively soft stone, was faceted with pedal-operated tin wheels in the workshops of stonecutters. Since the coloration is deepest red, faceting a pointed top produced the most reflection and color. Top faceting like simple chatons, checkerboards and rauten cuts were preferred over the traditional point back shape.

To mount garnets, metalsmithing workshops were kept busy in the production of repousee stampings. casting and handmade filigrees. Garnets were set into the plainest one stone earrings to bracelets, collars and tiaras of clustered stones, graduated sizes and complex designs.

After WWI, Bohemia became a region of the newly formed Czecho-Slovakia in 1918. As popular demand for jewelry surged, glassmakers of imitation jewels began producing stones and beads in garnet colored crystal. The enchantment of garnet crystal jewelry has never waned. Sweet Romance offers several Victorian Sweetheart pieces reminiscent of garnet and seed pearl jewelry of the early 1900s.