January Birthstone: Garnets!

Garnets are a quite versatile gemstone. They occur in almost every color of the rainbow - from electric green to golden orange - though of course the varieties most are familiar with are a rich, purplish red in hue. 

Victorian gold and garnet festoon necklace. Available at Gray & Davis. 

Victorian gold and garnet festoon necklace. Available at Gray & Davis. 

Besides their alluring appearance, garnets have traditionally been ascribed with a number of apotropaic powers. Garnets help to ward off nightmares, wounds and diseases of the skin. If danger is present, a garnet will lose its luster. One who wears a garnet will be the recipient of love and loyalty, which is a warming thought for a cold winter month. 

Ancient rings in NYC

Last night we were pleased as punch to attend the opening of Cycles of Life: Rings from the Benjamin Zucker Collection at the NYC gallery of Les Enluminures. Dozens of museum-quality, rare and extraordinary rings spanning from Ancient Rome through the Eighteenth century were on display (and available for sale). 

A few of our favorites are shown below:

Roman octahedral diamond ring; Roman Empire, 3rd-4th century AD.

Roman octahedral diamond ring; Roman Empire, 3rd-4th century AD.

Renaissance gimmel ring with Memento Mori; Germany, dated 1631.

Renaissance gimmel ring with Memento Mori; Germany, dated 1631.

Greek snake ring with a garnet heart; Hellenistic Greece, 2nd-1st century BC.

Greek snake ring with a garnet heart; Hellenistic Greece, 2nd-1st century BC.

The exhibition is on through December 6, 2014, with details here. You can also view the collection on the Les Enluminures website

Temptation Tuesday: Because We're All Fancy Sometimes

This incredible Neoclassical revival necklace is a thing to behold! Inspired by the jewelry of ancient Greeks and Romans, its vivid 18K yellow gold rope chain has four gold amphora shaped dangles and five dangles with graduated garnet cabouchons decorated with applied wire work. Wearing it makes you stand a little taller, like a Greek goddess of yore. The clasp is stamped with the Vatican crown and keys for 18K gold, indicating that this piece was made between 1815-1870.

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   Necklace and Earrings; Late Hellenistic, 1st century   B.C. ,  Greek ;  Gold, garnet, agate, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art     
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
   
 
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Necklace and Earrings; Late Hellenistic, 1st century B.C., Greek; Gold, garnet, agate, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Gold and Garnet Necklace; Late 3rd-Early 2nd century B.C., Greek; Christie's Ancient Jewelry, December 5, 2001

Gold and Garnet Necklace; Late 3rd-Early 2nd century B.C., Greek; Christie's Ancient Jewelry, December 5, 2001

Looking back at ancient jewelry, we think this necklace is a pretty fabulous antique interpretation.

Price available upon request.