ERIE BASIN ANTIQUES
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Late 1800s English Victorian Garnet Ring, 18K Gold, (sold)
A particularly nice colored garnet. From face on it reads as nearly black. But the sides reveal a deep red glow— a color which I might describe as oxblood. Oxblood as a color was very fashionable in the Victorian era. As a word it’s favored by antique dealers looking for flowery language to describe something that’s red. But in the past couple months I’ve also noticed clothing labels describing their darker red fabrics as “oxblood.” It’s one of my favorite colors, and color names.