Amethyst, The February Birthstone…
From the website of Fay Cullen, who featured the Victorian amethyst brooch below, is this 1870 rhyme by an unknown poet:
The February born shall find
Sincerity and peace of mind,
Freedom from passion and from care,
If they, the amethyst will wear.
It’s always been associated with calm and quiet, with spiritual overtones and as the elite member of the quartz family has always been sought after by dignitaries, both ecclesiastical and secular. The name itself is derived from the Greek ‘amethystos’, meaning ‘not intoxicated’.
An amethyst, yellow gold and pearl Victorian brooch
A Victorian brooch built on a circular yellow gold frame of outward facing arches holding the pearls and the round, faceted amethyst in place with claw settings. We found this lovely piece on the blog of Fay Cullen.
An Art Deco Siberian Amethyst Pendant 1930s
From the Romanov Russia website this small Siberian amethyst pendant was made in Moscow in the 1930s. The emerald-cut amethyst (11 x 11 x 7.5 mm) is set in a milgrain 14K yellow gold bezel and surmounted by a platinum topped gold Art Deco bail embellished with three rose-cut and two single-cut diamonds. Total length is 28 mm (1 1/8 in.). Marked with Moscow hallmark for 583 gold and maker’s mark. The pendant is now sold.
An Art Deco Amethyst and Diamond Ring c.1930
This is a striking ring, c. 1930s, from Lang Antiques, with amethysts and diamonds playing a leading role. The lozenge shape top is set with a pair of trapezoidal amethysts bisected with a sparkling row of small single-cut diamonds with a single diamond on each corner. Graceful open work decorates the shoulders with hand engraving continuing down the ring shank. The item is sold.