Antique and Vintage Demantoid Garnet Jewelry.
Hard to believe that it's so long since we talked about birthstones in general and garnets for January. January is just
around the corner, with garnet as the birthstone. Garnets come in a variety of colors. Possibly, the most rare and
spectacular of all is the
demantoid garnet. Antique demantoid garnet jewelry is extremely desireable. Antique demantoid garnet jewelry is quite rare
and it is usually disproportionately expensive. While diamonds may also be expensive, they are absolutely common. Demantoid
garnets leave you panting.
Demantoid garnets were originally found in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Unsurprisingly, they are often associated with the
exquisitely fine work of Russian jewelers, like Faberge. They are to be seen in examples of the beautiful work gifted to
and from Czar Nicholas II to his wife and family. We find demantoid garnets in antique jewelry dating from about the 1890's
to the early 20th century. After that, it appear that the supply of these amazing gemstones dried up. I have heard that
there are demantoids coming from Africa, but they are a far cry from the Russian stones and should not be confused with them. So, there are no more demantoids worth discussing and we must value those that exist for their genuine beauty and rarity.
Demantoid garnets are an electrifying green. Usually with a strong tinge of yellow. Somehow, the combination works and
these flashy bright stones are used to offset other gems. Often used as a border or to highlight a central stone. Also often
used to contrast with a red gem, such as a garnet, the red and green complimentary colors drawing the viewer's eye and
making a great artistic statement of how clashing colors can work together when artfully arranged and balanced.
A wealthy jewelry collector I once knew told me that her dream was to find a demantoid that was over a carat.
These stones do exist, but they are very rare and priced above diamonds. The little demantoids are more common,
if we can use that word in the context of antique demantoid garnet jewelry, but still relatively pricey.
Lookalikes and similars: there are light green tourmalines and peridot that remind us of demantoids. Light green spinel
bears a superficial resemblance to any or all of the above stones.
Also used to stunning effect, valued and admired in their own right, they cannot be confused with demantoid garnets.
I've often thought that if I had the luxury of collecting one area of antique jewelry, it would be antique demantoid
garnet jewelry. This is because antique jewelry with demantoid garnets is not just rare, it is usually exquisitely made and
therefore worth the hunt in finding it and the challenge of paying for it will work itself out.
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