Dating to c.1840, this is easily one of the finest quality amethyst paste brooches I have had the delight to acquire, and it is in MINT condition!
This transitional early-Victorian jewel is an amethyst-lover's dream come true! This beautifully-crafted and designed brooch is English in origin, and boasts four extra-large amethyst paste gems of the finest color and clarity! The back of the repousse mounting also has a gilt loop at the top; attach a jump ring, and the brooch can be worn as a pendant!
Measuring 2 1/2" x 2 7/8", this is brooch is a rare combination of high-quality amethyst pastes claw-set in an ornate scroll-motif gold electroplated frame! This brooch boasts three richest-purple pastes in the top segment. The center stone weighs approx. 7 carats, and the two side stones weigh approx. 6 1/2 carats each. These gems are claw- and collet-set in open-backed mountings of copper-gilt. The drop below holds a pear-shaped amethyst weighing approx. 5 1/2 carats. The result is a drop-dead beautiful jewel in exceptional condition!
All of the stones are perfectly matched for color, and are free of damage. In fact, this brooch is fresh as a daisy; it must have hardly been worn at all! The copper-gilt mounting is 100% intact, with no loss to the high-karat gilding. The design is so Romantic, with lovely rococo revival swirls and scrolls. The brooch also retains its original "T and C" clasp, with the pin protruding 1/4" past the frame as a "keeper."
Weighing in at 17.2 grams, this impressive jewel lights up on anything you choose to wear it with! Simply fresh as a daisy after 170+ years, I cannot recommend this piece enough - it has it all! If you collect the ultimate in antique costume jewelry, this amethyst beauty belongs in your collection! It is absolutely pristine, and so wearable! Do not miss this regal brooch; it is priced for quick sale, and USPS Priority shipping is FREE!
Item ID: 1498
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