Magnificent HISTORIC Victorian Bohemian Garnet Necklace. Fast forward to the summer of 1943, during the height of World War 2, British allied forces bombed Hamburg in an air raid, destroying most of the city as well as the building in which the formerly Bohemian family lived and now had lost everything, or at least so they had thought. Hamburg was mostly destroyed by the end of the war. Years later after the war had ended, while removing rubble from a bombed former residential building in Hamburg, a small safe was found and appeared intact despite suffering many bombs and the weight of several stories of cement bricks in top.
In the safe they discovered a most magnificent garnet necklace without as much as scratch on it! The necklace even found its way back to its heirs, where it remained for 70 more years. Its fascinating history and miraculous post WW2 recovery continued on, and as a cherished family heirloom it was always handled with the greatest care and eventually passed along to the daughter-in-law of the original necklace's owner's last surviving family member.
Sadly she decided to part with this beautiful piece, which is how it found its way to me. But I do sincerely hope that its, story does not end here. A historic piece of jewelry, a keepsake that managed to survive many decades against the odds, shouldn't simply be forgotten.
I hope this piece will find a loving home to be cherished for many more generations and its story told. Rest assured that you won't see a necklace like this come along often1! 25 Multi tiered round links, gradually increasing in size towards the center, are adorned with countless rose cut Bohemian Garnets of the most mesmerizing hues of red, which Bohemia (now Czech Republic) became famous for. 7 links have additional garnet-studded links suspended from them to form a beautiful V-line. The clasp is also fully covered with garnets as well to discretely conceal the closure.
The 2 links closest to the clasp also have hooks available for an optional safety chain. This necklace will make the simplest of evening dresses and (its owner) dazzle and sparkle in the light.
It was made to rest beautifully on the collar bone. Necklace in very good condition, e. Specially considering the turbulent history and age. Some signs of gentle use and mild wear, see photos. I did not see any actual damage to stones but there is a bit of wear to some of them from age.There is some patina to the metal from age. I believe this piece was mostly stored and rarely worn, if at all. Clasp opens and closes fine.
Wearable length: 17.5 Inches. Size of largest round tiered link in the center: 23.75mm (0.94 Inches). The dangling link, adds a drop of 35mm (1.38 Inches). Size of smallest round tiered link : 13mm (0.51 Inches).
Total length of center 3 tier round link including the drop. Photos taken in natural light and accurately represent the item. Color may vary depending on monitor.
Comes in a pretty gift box. They may not be 100% perfect, which is what adds to their charm. I describe all vintage and antique items to the best of my knowledge. They may have small flaws, which I will mention if not obvious in the photos. The photos were taken with a closeup macro lens and the item may appear larger than real-life.
Therefore, the measurements and weight of the piece is also added to the listing to give you a better idea! There might be slight variations in color, unique to each monitor. You can always ask questions when in doubt, of course! YOU CAN SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE FROM US!If your country is not listed, pleases send us a message and we will reply asap. The item "Antique Magnificent HISTORIC Victorian Bohemian Garnet Dangle Drop Necklace Vtg" is in sale since Friday, October 2, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "hollywoodkat2004" and is located in Hanau. This item can be shipped worldwide.