Victorian Garnet and Diamond ring Circa 1890
Like all art, the zeitgeist of a particular era is written in the design of its jewelry. It is said that Art Nouveau jewelry was a reaction to French society at the time, including women's fight to secure more rights for themselves outside of the home. The nation's loss in the Franco-Prussian War left the French worried about what would occur if women got jobs and education, and worried the birth rate would then drop, leaving the country with fewer men to support future armies. This explains the feminist flavor of Art Nouveau.
This stunning band features a central diamond in between two garnet stones. With associations with the heart, blood, inner fire, and life force, garnets have long been considered symbols of love. Garnet's symbolism also extends to friendship.
Materials and Features: 14k gold, diamond, garnet
Age/Origin: American, c.1890
Measurements: Size 5, 3 grams
Condition: Excellent condition.
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