Antique French Garnet 18k Gold Rosary Dated 1888

This exquisite rosary surely belonged to someone of great importance. I don't know who, but my suspicion is that is started out life living amongst miles of mirror and acres of ormolu.

The crucifix, linkages and chain are all done in 18 karat gold with a rich, yellow glow. The beads are hand faceted garnets of a rich burgundy red. The rosary is 21 inches around the 53 beads around measure approximately 6.8 mm each, I don't note any chips or cracks. The 6 larger beads are about 8.8 mm each. It is marked on the bale of the cross with French hallmarks. The back of the cross is inscribed with ’21 Juin 1888’ and ’Souvenir De 1ere Communion’. This stunning rosary weighs 43.8 grams.

I don't buy many rosaries, but I have trouble resisting extraordinary ones like this. It would make a fantastic gift for a first communion, clearly it’s done that at least once before!

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Item ID: RY1018067V

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