Rare Georgian garnet suite. A garnet set suite comprising necklace, brooch/pendant, bracelet and earrings, the necklace set with sixty cushion shape table cut natural unenhanced garnets in closed backcut down settings with a combined approximate weight of 70.85 carats, to an intricate openwork necklace with stylised settings, articulated links, polished backings and centrally fitted with an open pendant bale, secured with a integrated push clasp, approximately 16.5" in length, the removable brooch/pendant set with thirty seven round and drop shape table cut natural unenhanced garnets in closed back cut down settings with a combined approximate weight of 12.90 carats, to a stylised cross motif with a radiating pattern, integrated pendant loop to top and fitted to reverse with a secure hinged pin and scroll clasp, approximately 5.3cm in width, the bracelet set with sixteen cushion shape table cut natural unenhanced garnets in closed back cut down settings with a combined approximate weight of 19.90 carats, to an articulated line bracelet with polished reverse and secure push clasp, approximately 6.8" in length, the matching earrings each set with twenty cushion and drop shape natural unenhanced garnets in closed back cut down settings, forty in total with a combined approximate weight of 17.60 carats, to an elegant drop earring suspending two line drops, flowing with movement, surmounted by an intricate openwork plaque and fitted with a secure shepherd's hook, approximately 7cm in length from top of hook. Testedrose gold, English, circa 1770, accompanied by fitted box.
From bangle to band, chain to articulated link, the bracelet is one of the earliest forms of jewellery, found throughout history and can be traced back as early as 5000BC. No longer limited to the wrists of nobility, the bracelet has found its way to becoming a staple piece of a lady's jewellery collection. Some of the earliest examples were made from organic materials such as leather cords and braided leaves and foliage. As the human race developed and tastes changed so did the materials used for adornment. The discovery of precious metals such as gold and silver lent their malleable properties to advanced designs which would stand the test of time.
Creative pieces include precious gemstones, hand engraving, symbols, enamelling, openwork, carving and filigree. As an articulated piece of jewellery made up of a series of links, bracelets have the capacity to move with the wearer making them eye-catching and wearable. Bracelets which are solid and do not have the flow of movement are called bangles.
One of the most favoured styles since the 1920s is the diamond line bracelet, or now in modern times more widely known as the ‘tennis bracelet’. This design is simple and features a continuous line of diamonds each set in an articulated collet and fastened with a secure clasp. This classic and versatile piece of jewellery can be worn as a stand-alone piece or ‘stacked' next to other bracelets or indeed a watch. Traditionally featuring diamonds, this type of bracelet can also be set with coloured gemstones or a combination of both.