If it is your first time in Prague, then you’ll notice too many stores, too many options to choose from in Prague. This article is prepared for you to have less confusions (hopefully not at all) and to give you a guidance to make a good choice for your souvenir from Prague.
You may need to know about a few things about Czech garnet before you can make sure that your product is actually authentic and right for you. The sole manufacturer of Czech garnet is a company called Turnov Granat for a long time, and their designs have become the traditional models of Czech garnet products.
Turnov Granat manufactures all of the gemstones using ‘Star Cut’ cutting style. So if you are looking for Czech garnet jewelry your product is most likely to have star cut gemstones. Recognizing the cutting style of a gemstone would be quite difficult for an unprofessional eye so this information is for those of us who would like to know what to expect when they take a trusted expert’s opinion.
Czech garnet has become quite limited in its sizes simply because there aren’t as many resources in the mines as there were before. So you can only have 3mm as the biggest size of a single stone. If the stone is bigger than that, then it is most likely not Czech garnet.
Wherever you go in Czech Republic, if you’re buying a Czech garnet jewelry then the certificate of Turnov Granat must be provided along with it. This is quite a serious thing among all the jewelry stores here so if this is somehow forgotten it is understandable to have doubts about the seriousness of the store you are in. As the client, it is to your benefit to make sure that you have the certificate of authenticity of whatever product you purchase.
Be prepared to see the same models of Czech garnet jewelry almost everywhere in Prague. Because of the structure of Turnov Granat, the models are limited to the traditional design. This means you’ll have limited options, and it means that the models in different shops are usually the same.
This fact opens the door for African garnet. Though it is not Czech garnet, it is still a very nice souvenir for many clients simply because it provides wider design options and it is no less in quality (just different). African garnet is found in many stores in Prague and it can be a unique choice if you find the right place and the right design.
If you want to look for something absolutely unique, Wollem is the only unique garnet jewelry brand that can only be found in our store in the world. We hope that this article is of help to provide you with the guidance you need to make a good decision.