Antique Amethyst and Gold Riviére Necklace and Cross Pendant, Circa 1880
  • New
  • Antique Amethyst and Gold Riviére Necklace and Cross Pendant, Circa 1880
  • Antique Amethyst and Gold Riviére Necklace and Cross Pendant, Circa 1880
  • Antique Amethyst and Gold Riviére Necklace and Cross Pendant, Circa 1880
  • Antique Amethyst and Gold Riviére Necklace and Cross Pendant, Circa 1880
  • Antique Amethyst and Gold Riviére Necklace and Cross Pendant, Circa 1880

Antique Amethyst and Gold Riviére Necklace and Cross Pendant, Circa 1880

£29,000.00
XS&AN9622N

An antique amethyst and gold riviére necklace with large, oval faceted, graduated amethysts, in open backed cut down bezel settings, and an amethyst set box and tongue clasp, with a removable cross pendant brooch, mounted in 15ct gold, circa 1880. Estimated total weight of amethysts in necklace 190.47ct. Estimated total weight of amethysts in pendant 49.94ct.

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.

Data sheet

Period
Circa 1880
Style
Victorian riviére pendant necklace
Metal
Gold
Stone
Amethyst
Approximate Measurements
Necklace length 425mm, pendant length 54.8mm, width 51.8mm
Condition
Good - Light wear consistent with age and use
Approximate weight
Necklace 66.2 grams, pendant 20.92 grams

Here you can add custom original content(text, images, videos and more) for each product page.

Last items in stock
Pay by Visa, Mastercard, Amex via Worldpay

Pay by Visa, Mastercard and Amex via Worldpay.

Moira Fine Jewellery are proud Members of The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers

Proud Members of The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers