Antique Austro-Hungarian Carbuncle Garnet Necklace in Silver Gilt, Gorgeous!!

As baubles go, this one is extraordinary. A nod to the vanished elegance of a time gone by, a time of castles, mansions, and chateaux, when beautiful people dressed for dinner and women came into a room in a flutter of the softest silk. Chandeliers were lit, fires crackled, candelabras blazed, turning garnets like these into rich luminous velvety drops against alabaster skin. 

This spectacular Austro-Hungarian beauty dates to about 1890. It contains 23 silky smooth cabochon garnet gems, sometimes called ‘carbuncles’. The center stone measures 17.5 x 23.5 mm and the stones around the neck graduate from about 12x7 mm down to 10x14 at the back, where it culminates in a hidden clasp. The metal is silver gilt, beautifully engraved on the back. The necklace is marked with the double swan, a French import mark, the greyhound mark with indicates it was made in Pest (as in Budapest), Hungary of at least 800 silver. The marks indicate that it was made after 1872 and imported into France after 1893. This is a short, choker-style necklace and is just 14 inches long. It was certainly made this way, most likely a custom made piece for a petite lady with big style. Our jeweler could add some links to the back to make it a bit longer, but it might loose something if you add too much. The necklace weighs 88 grams. 

Every time I go shopping, there are a couple of items on my trip that just make me giddy with excitement. This was such a piece, it’s a stunningly beautiful necklace that I’m not likely to see the likes of again any time soon. I had to have it! Do you? 

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