GarnetBar Pin, 1884


Throughout most of the nineteenth century garnets were a popular stone in jewelry.Particular cuts of garnets, such as cabochon or faceted, help to indicate the made date.Garnets with smooth surfaces or cabochon were popular in the early half of the nineteenth century, while faceted garnets were popular during the later half of the nineteenth century.Delicate lace pins such as this were popular beginning in the 1880's and maintained popularity through the early 20th century, as they could be worn on the lace bodices and blouses of the time without the tearing that might be caused by a heavier brooch.

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