This set is super quality for it's time period with intense hand work. That stunning pattern on the gold is created from hand engraving. With a loupe you can definitely see it is not a cast or rolled assembly line pattern. Just something not done today in this cookie cutter world unless you have the money to pay for it. The amethyst gems are a wonderful complement as they are also great quality with their clean and bright appearance. The set is just fabulous with it's design, quality and beauty.
The gold is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, nasty scratches or abrasions. The bracelet shows no evidence of any repair. It was a basic cast made bracelet form that was then engraved and set with gems. It is quite substantial with nice density, not at all flimsy. The hinge is all original in smooth working order. The bracelet closes with a loud click and the closure is extremely firm. The only thing I found was at the closure point the two halves are misaligned by about a 1/64" visible in photo # 3 top insert. This could be from someone slipping the bracelet on/off instead of opening. We often find this flaw in vintage and antique hinged bracelets. The hand engraved pattern is also excellent plus with superb even definition, very nice depth and a mix of textures. I found two things on the earrings to report. One post has been either reattached or it's joint beefed up. This is evidenced by either white gold or silver solder. See photo # 6-bottom right insert-red arrows. Also one ear nut disk is a 14kt. replacement. The gold base used for the earrings was also a cast part then engraved and set with the gemstones. The base is not as substantial as the bracelet being thinner in density making it lighter in weight. Even with the gems you should have no problems being able to wear the earrings all day. I can't wear heavy earrings and I would be able to wear these.
The amethyst gemstones are in excellent plus condition and are done with an emerald cut. They have no cracks, chips, deep scratches or nasty abrasions. They are all extremely well matched in color and as previously stated clean and bright. They are all well seated and appear to be original as I see no disruptions to their prongs. If you use a 10 power loupe to inspect you can see the very occasional, minute, tiny surface scratch on the bracelet due to it's being worn. When inspecting the sides and prong area of all of the stones you can find a total of a couple flea bites to a beveled rim or where the gem was pronged into the setting. The amethyst's on the bracelet graduate in size with the center stone being approx. 1/2" x 5/8" and an end stone approx. 7/16" x 1/2" and all stand approx. 5/32" above the bracelet. The earring stones measure approx. 3/8" x 7/16" and 3/16" above the earring.
The set with the gems in place weighs 63.7 grams. The bracelet has a 750 mark (European for 18kt) and an unknown makers mark. The matching earrings have no marks other then the 14K and a makers mark on the replacement ear nut. The bracelet has an approx. 6 5/8" interior circumference. I have a 6 3/4" wrist and can close, move and wear the bracelet, but it is uncomfortable. The interior oval measurement is 2 5/16" x 1 15/16" The bracelet is 3/4" wide and 3/8" deep thru the center amethyst and graduates down to a hair smaller then 1/2" wide at center back. The earrings measure 3/4" tall x 9/16" at widest point x approx 5/16" deep thru the center of the amethyst.
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