A French Art Deco amethyst, rock crystal and eight-cut paste bracelet, with three stone groups of two large baguette-cut amethysts with rock...
Amethyst Diamond and Silver Drop Earrings, 40.00ct
A pair of modern amethyst and diamond earrings, set with long oval faceted amethysts, weighing approximately 40.00ct, surrounded by eight-cut diamonds, with rose-cut diamond set trefoil clusters at each quarter, with rose-cut diamond set cluster tops, with the drops suspended from a chain of four rub over set eight-cut diamonds, mounted in silver.
Some of the earliest examples of amethyst jewellery are seen in works from Egypt. The ancient Greeks believed amethyst protected them from drunkenness and excess. The name derives from the Greek amethystos - "methustos" meaning intoxicated, with the prefix "a" meaning "not". It is thought the myth stems from the story of the titan Rhea giving Dionysus, the god of wine and madness, an amethyst to protect him. Amethyst is also known as the stone of St. Valentine, leading to the belief that it represented pure, chaste love. Until the 1700s Amethyst was seen as one of the cardinal gemstones, which were the most valuable gems and ranked in value amongst sapphire, ruby and emerald. It was especially popular during the Victorian period, with its rich purple colour and clarity being particularly effective in candlelight. Today its beautiful, vivid purple shades are highly sought after by gem collectors.
With thanks to Laura Preshong and First Class Watches.
- Modern drop earrings
- Amethyst and diamond
- Approximate Measurements
- Approximately 72mm long, 28.5mm wide
- Very good - Very little wear, consistent with age and use
- Approximate weight
A pair of Art Deco, amethyst and diamond earrings, with Edwardian-cut diamonds in the tops, with thirteen, round brilliant-cut diamonds, in each,...
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