Garnet ~ Lore & History
The King of Saxony is said to have had a garnet of over 465 carats.
Plato had his portrait engraved on a garnet by a Roman engraver.
Bohemia, now a part of Czechoslovakia, was once a tremendous source of
garnet, and at one time, cutting, polishing, and mounting garnets was a
very rich industry in that country. Many Bohemian castles and churches
had magnificent interiors decorated with garnet. Bohemian garnets are
famous even today, known for their small but beautiful stones set close
to each other resembling a pomegranate. Garnet jewelry is still found in
the Czech Republic, with the stones still arranged in the traditional,
tightly joined way. This ensures that the attraction of the classical
Garnet pieces is caused only by the beauty of its stones. The
Anglo-Saxons were also fond of garnets. Their jewelry was set with
garnets mounted in many forms.
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