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Czech Garnets

How and Where to Buy Czech Garnets

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Richard Tull © 2004
Czech garnets - also known as Bohemian garnets - are deep red Pyrope garnets. The finest garnets have been mined in the Czech Republic for several centuries. Czech garnet jewelry is traditionally characterized by many small garnets packed together so that the garnet gemstones cover the piece, though modern interpretations of classic jewelry pieces are sure to be found alongside antique originals.

Prices will vary according to quality, quantity, and size of the garnets, as well as the metal in which the stones are set. Make sure you are buying garnets from a reputable dealer; many a foreigner has been fooled into buying fakes.

Where to Buy Garnets

Streets (for example, Karlova) in the tourist districts will be lined with Czech garnet shops. You can gather information about the average price and available quality of the type of garnet jewelry you are in the market for by shopping around. Anything from small earrings and pendants to garnet-encrusted chokers and brooches will be on display. You'll get better prices the farther you venture from the central hubbub.

Below are the names and addresses of jewelry shops that sell garnets in Prague.

Ametyst
Vodickova 31
Praha 1
Tel. 224 226 611
Find garnets and other semi-precious jewelry here

Cesky Granat
Celetna 4
Praha 1
Tel. 224 228 281
Traditional jewelry; decent prices

Granat Turnov
Dlouha 30
Praha 1
Tel. 222 315 612
www.granat-cz.com
Number one shop for garnets

Halada
Na Prikope 16
Praha 1
Tel. 224 221 304
Halada
A local favorite

Royal Jewelry-Zlatnictvi
Vaclavske nam. 8
Praha 1
Tel. 224 222 404
Unusual jewelry selection in 14 and 18 karat gold

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