'Garnet' is actually the name for a group of gems with very similar chemical structures. This group contains six main varieties: Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartine, Grossular, Uvarovite, and Andradite. So, when a piece of antique jewelry says it contains a garnet, it is likely to be one or another of these varieties – almandine being the most common.
Maltese cross garnet drop pendants and other jewelry pieces were made popular by Lady (Emma) Hamilton, Lord Nelson's mistress, who collected food and money for the Maltese when they were being invaded by France at the end of the 18th Century. It started out as a wearable medal for good deeds/work but soon became a very popular pendant for English women everywhere. No questions asked, this gorgeous ring with claw prongs will be a mainstay in any collection.
Materials and Features: almandine garnet, 14k gold
Age/Origin: English, c. 1890
Measurements: Size 6.5, 3.7 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.