The mystery of the 'Thames garnets' has fascinated me since I started Mudlarking.
Why are they there? What was their original purpose? Some say they had industrial/abrasive purposes, destined for factories on the Thames. Some think bags of the stones were cut to steal the gems as they were unloaded from river barges.
The pendants are individually numbered, you will receive the number that you purchase here.
Each garnet is classed as 'rough' and are uncut by human hands. They maintain their natural structure (a naturally crystallised form called cubic system ie dodecahedra). Inclusions may be visible in the stones. They are set as I find them on the foreshore.
The garnets are a mix of dark red to very dark red in colour when held to the light. I believe they are Almandine garnets, which come originally from modern day Austria.
Each THAMESIS flower is hand made from 9ct gold from a wax original and includes traces of fingerprints and the making process.
The central garnet is mounted with four gold prongs and sits sturdily into the flower. *Please note 3 has one prong just touching the garnet-it is fully sound don't worry!*
Each pendant is fully hallmarks by the Assay Office in London.
This listing is for the pendant only, however if you would like to discuss a full necklace I can provide options for 9ct gold chains upon request.
The smallest (1) measures 1.6cm high (not inc attachment) and largest (3,4) measure 2.2cm (not inc the attachment).