Welcome: About Me

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My name is Karsten Elsaesser and I was born and raised in Germany; my late wife Sharon was born and raised in Oklahoma. We visited the Czech Republic in 1999 and fell in love with Bohemian Garnet Jewelry. We had seen garnet jewelry in many parts of the world before, but all those garnets were 'Almandine' garnets which are mostly red-orange-brown in color. The Bohemian Garnets from the mountains of Bohemia in the Czech Republic are the 'Pyrope' variety and have the deepest fiery red color of the entire garnet family.

We started our jewelry business in January 2000. Sharon passed away in November 2002. I continued our business selling jewelry through my web site. Your 100% satisfaction is my # 1 priority. I am one of only two independent distributors in the USA for the largest manufacturer of Bohemian Garnet Jewelry in the Czech Republic. All garnet jewelry I am selling is exclusively authentic and genuine Bohemian Garnet Jewelry and hand-crafted in the centuries old tradition of Bohemian Garnet Jewelry making.


History of Bohemian Garnet Jewelry

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Garnets are one of the largest families of gemstones. There are about a dozen varieties of garnets found world wide; they come in all colors except blue. The name 'Garnet' stems from the Greek word for pomegranate, a fruit with clusters of fiery red seeds. The Czech Republic in Europe is one of the few places in the world where the 'Pyrope' variety of garnets can be found. The pyrope has the deepest fiery red color of the entire garnet family. This unique garnet is world reknown as the famous Bohemian Garnet and has been mined from the mountains of Bohemia for over 600 years.


Garnets were highly popular in Europe during the 18th and 19th century and enjoyed great admiration and demand during the Victorian age. The traditional hand-crafted Bohemian design places great emphasis on the arrangement of the garnets which dominate over the metal in each individual piece of jewelry. The brilliant sparkle of the Bohemian Garnets is due to their excellent clarity, transparency and high refraction of light. Beauty, elegance, durability and value assures the continued admiration and demand for the Bohemian Garnet.