January's Famous Garnet: Pyrope Hair Comb

 

Another year has come and gone. 2020 was a wild ride, and who knows what 2021 will bring. But let’s start the year off right with something classic: garnet birthstones. 

Garnet can be found in a range of colors, such as intense greens, rich purples, even light pinks, but a classic garnet is most commonly found in a nice, deep shade of red. The name garnet covers an entire family of different stones, notably pyrope garnet. These pyrope stones are an infamously deep red, traditionally used in a lot of Victorian jewelry. Pyropes were mainly mined in Bohemia, in the Czech Republic, and were commonly called Bohemian pyropes.

The most famous pyrope garnets are set in an antique hair comb. 

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Photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian

The pyrope hair comb features an array of rose-cut pyropes, and was donated to the Smithsonian Museum by Ales and Maria Herdlicka in 1937. This magnificent comb is a Victorian specialty piece, elegantly preserved at the museum and on display to this day.

If you seek the fiery reds of pyrope garnet, Day’s has some fabulous matches for you to choose from. Earrings, necklaces, rings - we’ve got something for all your January birthday gifts.

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Until next time,

Amelia

Copywriter & Web Manager