An extraordinary, very fine Victorian Jewelry Set dating to circa: 1870. The Set consists of an Amethyst Brooch and matching Amethyst Earrings; set in 14K Gold with Pearls and Black Enamel.
The two long, dangly French wire pierced Earrings are set with a large round faceted Amethyst with a gold star and small white pearl set in the middle. The outer mounting has an open-work filigree design. Beneath is lovely gold fringe in an elongated V-shape, that moves along with the heady. The antique 14K Gold and Amethyst Earrings are absolutely stunning! They measure approximately 3 1/4" wide x 2 5/16" in length (from the top of the wire to the bottom of the bead of the longest fringe). The prong mounted Amethyst measures approximately 1/2" in diameter (including the overlapping prongs).
The large Amethyst Brooch matches the design of the Earrings but with two additional good size Amethyst stones flanking the center Amethyst. The center star has touches of Black Enamel and there is a Black Enamel motif around the inner mounting. An open-work filigree design. The bottom of the Brooch has a section of dangly Gold Fringe that sways when moving. The Brooch measures: 1 9/16" across x 2 11/16" (from the top of the gold ball to the base of the longest fringe. Like the Earrings, the center Amethyst measures approximately 1/2" in diameter (including the overlapping prongs). The two smaller Amethysts on either side are faceted and prong mounted. They measure approximately 1/4" in diameter, including the overlapping prongs).
The Amethysts are a rich purple and all matching. The central Amethysts picks of light from the back and front facets, making them sparkle from the inside out. The Pearl set atop the gold star completes the design. The gold Fringe was popular in the 19th Century and unusual to find it still in tact. This is an exceptional Antique Pin and Earrings Set. Do note that the Brooch could be easily converted to an Amethyst Pendant via a jewelry adding links and chains to the filigree.
The Set is in very fine condition with two slightly extended small gold curls (located on one Earring and on the Brooch) and a safety clasp added at some time (marked 14K) with a built-in locking lever. The Brooch and Earrings were assayed to confirm their carat at 14K Gold. Also areas of tarnish (patina) are a normal part of age.
Both the Antique Amethyst Gold Brooch (Pin) and the pair of Antique Amethyst and Gold Earrings shows very well in the photographs. They are just as beautiful in person. The photographs were taken with and without a camera flash. (CB)