The color RED has a wide variety of meanings, beginning with the fact that it is the color of blood, as well as symbolic of strength, passion and courage. RED can also be the color of the heart and of love.
I have read that red is the third color a new baby can see, coming after white and black. Roman brides wore a red shawl to symbolize fidelity and love. And in Chinese philosophy, red is associated with fire. It's a color that certainly draws attention, and it is fun to wear in clothing, accessories and jewelry.
GARNETS are the birthstone for January and July is red rubies, although that does not stop those of us with other birth months from enjoying them too. Shades of beautiful red are just one color in which garnets come, but it is the best known. The Bohemian garnet was only found in Bohemia and was valued for it’s color, beauty and supposed health giving and uplifting effects. Garnet jewelry is as varied in style as garnets themselves and they range from multi-faceted reflectors of rich deep reds to cabochons, juicy as pomegranate seeds. They also come in almost all colors except blue.
Garnets were mounted in both low and higher karat yellow gold, gold plate and mixed metal settings and more recently in sterling. The history of garnet jewelry goes back hundreds of years and it’s longevity is no surprise when you see how glorious they are. Bohemian garnet jewelry is known for it’s encrusted close-set stones, which are often rose cut and sometimes combined with larger cabochons and faceted stones.
An article in the "Journal of the Society of the Arts" August 25, 1892, states that at that time there were over 3000 cutters working in 500 shops in the Bohemian garnet industry. With the miners and other workers there were about 10,000 persons making a living in the industry, and they certainly made a lot of wonderful jewelry.
After World War I, Bohemia became Czechoslovakia.
Jewelry with RED in it is FOR SALE HERE.
GARNET JEWELRY for sale is HERE.
More wonderful JEWELRY is available to purchase HERE.
To feast your eyes on the the RED jewelry we've had in the past, please look at our Gallery HERE.
And to see more examples of GARNET jewelry in our gallery, click HERE.