Pyrope garnets are commonly seen in antique jewelry, mainly from the Victorian period. Pyrope garnets are typically red to brown in color and are seldom larger then a few carats. Until the late nineteenth century, the Czech Republic was the main source for these gems. The pyrope garnets in this antique hairpin are from the Czech Republic.
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Photo by Chip Clark, Smithsonian Institution.