Pyrope Garnet Ring Information
What is most remarkable about pyrope garnet rings is their beautiful deep-red color and high level of brilliance, which makes them popular with both men and women. Red pyrope garnet rings have been worn throughout history, by various cultures including the ancient Greeks and Romans, who wore both pyrope garnet cabochon rings and signet rings. Pyrope garnet rings are often compared unfavorably to ruby rings, but fine, glowing pyrope garnet rings have an impressive sparkle, a glossy luster and a deep red color that is not often found in natural gemstone jewelry. Furthermore, pyrope garnet rings have so many styles that there is a pyrope garnet ring to suit everyone, both male and female, whether it is a pyrope garnet and diamond engagement ring, or a Greek-style pyrope garnet cabochon ring.
A look into pyrope garnet ring history takes us back through ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman times. Ancient Greek and Roman red garnet signet rings were used as both decorations and as personal stamps. These were typically red garnet intaglios set in yellow gold rings. The Romans also wore red garnet cabochon rings. One such yellow gold, double finger ring from around the 1st century A.D. realized $4, 028 at Christie's in 2010. Islamic red garnet and yellow gold rings were also worn during the 1200s and 1300s and one exquisite example, which featured an engraved bird, achieved $10,019 at Christie's in 2012. Fine red garnets were quite rare until one of the most important historical discoveries of pyrope garnet in Bohemia, which was a Central European kingdom in what is now known as the Western Czech Republic. Bohemia was an important historical source of pyrope garnet, which was discovered in the early 1500s. Beautiful Bohemian garnet jewelry became very popular during the Victorian age and Bohemian garnet rings were worn by many. Bohemian pyrope garnet rings have recently become popular again, along with ancient Greek style pyrope garnet rings.
Pyrope garnet rings of the rich and famous include a diamond and garnet ring worn by "The Big Bang Theory" star, Kaley Cuoco on the 65th Emmy's red carpet. She wore a suite of yellow gold garnet jewelry that complemented her win-colored Vera Wang dress perfectly. Christine Taylor, "Zoolander" actress and wife of Ben Stiller wore a fabulous garnet and diamond cluster ring on the 2016 Met Gala red carpet. At the Golden Globes 2016, actress and dancer, Zendaya wore a stunning Bohemian-style statement pyrope garnet ring. Brunette star of "Two Broke Girls", Kat Dennings wowed everyone at the 2012 Emmys with a stunning strapless crimson gown and ancient Greek-style gold and garnet jewelry by Neil Lane. Her red garnet and gold cabochon ring matched her cuff bracelet. Two years later, Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men" showcased Neil Lane gold and garnet jewelry at the 66th Emmys. She wore a one-shouldered red dress with gold detail. Her yellow gold, split-shank garnet ring was set with a large, cushion-cut red garnet. Stylish male stars who like garnet include Johnny Depp, Keith Richards and many more.
Pyrope garnet ring designs are various. Bohemian garnet rings typically feature small, red pyrope garnets set closely together in pavé, cluster or similar styles that have little metal showing and are reminiscent of ripe, red pomegranate seed pods, glistening inside the fruit. Traditional Bohemian garnet rings often had floral motifs and either yellow gold or silver alloys. Yellow gold complements pyrope garnet rings very well, since yellow really brings out red gems, making them appear even redder. Yellow gold was used for ancient Greek and Roman pyrope garnet rings. More modern styles use white gold, platinum and silver settings, which provide a nice, cool contrast with the red of pyrope garnet. Pyrope garnet gems can be found in heart-shapes and other fancy cuts, such as carvings, which make fun ring designs.
A good pyrope garnet ring buying guide should mention that large pyrope garnet gems can appear darker. Therefore, if you are looking for a bright red pyrope garnet cocktail ring, this effect may be difficult to achieve in a large gemstone. However, a deep rich, red pyrope garnet cocktail ring is easily achievable. On the other hand, small pyrope garnet gems in cluster or pavé settings are used to produce stunning pyrope garnet cocktail rings, especially in the traditional Bohemian style. Pyrope garnet rings are not difficult to find in jewelry stores all over the world. Fine pyrope garnet rings should contain untreated and natural garnet gems that show no visible inclusions when viewed by the naked eye.
How to wear pyrope garnet rings will depend on the desired effect. For formal wear, pyrope garnet rings are ideal with dramatic red dresses and suits. For casual wear, small pyrope garnet rings are ideal for stacking with other rings. Pyrope garnet rings are suitable for both ladies and men. Men's pyrope garnet rings tend to take the form of cabochon rings with either pyrope garnet cabochons or star garnet cabochons. Pyrope garnet rings are durable enough to be worn every day.
Navigation, travel and healthy sexual activity are among the most popular pyrope garnet ring meanings. Pyrope garnet rings are worn by some to promote safe travel, encourage feelings of stability and security, to heal the blood and to help with compassion and self-confidence. Since garnet is the January birthstone, pyrope garnet rings are often worn by those born in January. Also, garnet is the 2nd anniversary gemstone, so pyrope garnet rings are often given for this purpose.