Dating to c.1850-1860, this pendant/brooch is set with the largest amethyst I have ever seen in an example of Victorian jewelry!
Measuring 2 1/8" x 1 3/4", this high-Victorian brooch really pops with color! The star of the show here is the massive, natural amethyst, which measures 35 mm x 26 mm x 21 mm and weighs a calculated 114.9 carats! This luscious stone is a fabulous shade of medium violet, and is faceted on the sides and below for maximum refraction! The amethyst is collet-mounted in a gold-filled mounting which takes the shape of a modified Algerian knot.
The frame of this beautiful jewel is very three-dimensional, and is set with seven glass turquoise cabochons; it appears that there were originally nine, but one hardly notices the loss. However, I have set my price with this bit of wear in mind. Otherwise, this jewel is just as lovely as when it was first sported by a lady of fashion in the 1850s! The reverse of the jewel retains its original "T and C" clasp, as well as a large silver bail, so this impressive beauty could be worn as a pendant! This piece has not been cleaned, and the frame has built up a beautiful age patina which only the passing of generations can impart. SO STUNNING!
Weighing in at 28.38 grams, this stellar example of early Victorian jewelry lights up anything you choose to wear it with! Get ready for compliments galore; the amethyst is the size of a small hen's egg, and is sure to be noticed! If you love the best in antique amethyst jewelry, this thrilling jewel belongs in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of fine antique jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rarity; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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