A French Art Deco amethyst, rock crystal and eight-cut paste bracelet, with three stone groups of two large baguette-cut amethysts with rock...
Art Deco Amethyst, Diamond and Platinum Earrings, Circa 1930
A pair of Art Deco, amethyst and diamond earrings, with Edwardian-cut diamonds in the tops, with thirteen, round brilliant-cut diamonds, in each, in articulating, millegrain edged, rub over settings, with caps set with rose-cut diamonds and briolette-cut amethyst drops, studded with diamonds, in rub over settings, mounted in platinum, with 14ct white gold butterfly backs. Circa 1930.
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.
- Circa 1930
- Art Deco drop earrings
- Amethyst and diamond
- Approximate Measurements
- 12.6 grams
Length approximately 60mm x width 13mm
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