Is it a ruby? Have Gem Stones Identified and Valued Free of Charge at McTear's, Glasgow


Posted in: Jewellery
Posted on: 11 May 2015
Is it a ruby? Have Gem Stones Identified and Valued Free of Charge at McTear's, Glasgow Have you got a piece of jewellery set with gems that you are unsure of? McTear’s can test most gems and give a free verbal valuation for any piece of jewellery. Often people have items of jewellery set with red stones and the difference identification of these stones can make to a valuation can be significant. Is it a ruby? Glass? Garnet?....

There are many types of garnets that can be found set in jewellery of all ages. The rise of their popularity began properly in the eighteenth century and indeed today it is the red garnet set jewellery from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that can fetch thousands at auction. Victorian garnet set rings are usually those with boat shaped bezels and are very familiar today due to the popularity of reproductions in the later twentieth century. Perhaps more popular during the Victorian period were garnet cluster brooches, often circular or star shaped in form although these are less common to auction now. The most valuable garnets are those with a green colour called demantoid garnets, these are rare and very desirable and can sell for more than similarly sized diamonds at auction.

If you have any item of jewellery that you wish valued then you can email auction@mctears.co.uk or pop in to see one of the specialist any time during office hours.


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