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Georgian Carnelian Scent Bottle Necklace


Carnelian is a workhorse. It's not particularly rare, so isn't considered a "precious" gemstone. But it grows big and can be carved into all kinds of insane shapes, including a hollow vessel like this one. I don't fully believe the magical powers of stones TBH, but someone once told me that you shouldn't wear carnelian next to your skin "unless you want to get pregnant". Apparently, it enhances fertility. The name is derived from the Latin word caro, carnis ("flesh"), so that tracks. Add your own (aphrodesiac?) scent.


  • Materials

    14k gold fittings (tests), newer 10k gold chain bale (tests), carnelian, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    2 1/2" including chain bale, 1 1/4" x 7/8" scent bottle, 18" chain

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Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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