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

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

£29,000.00

Description

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 clast, with a removable cross pendant brooch, 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.

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item details
Period 19th Century
Style Victorian
Condition Good
Materials Gold
Main Gemstone Amethyst
Main Gemstone Cut Oval Cut
Dimensions Necklace length 425mm, pendant length 54.8mm, width 51.8mm

Product REF: XS&AN9622N