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This post features several pieces of amethyst jewelry… from the rich deep purple historically associated with royalty, to pinkish or very pale violet amethysts. It is the birthstone for February and often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability. The American Gem Society has this to say about the history of amethysts:
Amethyst, the gemstone believed by ancient Greeks and Romans to ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, also was said to keep the wearer clear-headed and quick-witted. Throughout history, the gemstone has been associated with many myths, legends, religions, and numerous cultures. English regalia were even decorated with amethysts during the Middle Ages to symbolize royalty. Amethyst jewelry has been found and dated as early as 2000 BC.
So here and on the following pages, are some examples of amethyst jewelry from the Victorian era to more recent times.
1. A Victorian Amethyst, Diamond and Gold Ring c.1890
This beautiful antique amethyst ring is from Romanov Russia: Antique and Vintage Jewelry and features a step-cut, diamond shaped amethyst inlaid with a diamond encrusted panel. The amethyst is set in an ornate bezel embellished with rose cut diamonds.
Further details on the Romanov Russia website. Look for Reference: 821460. Meanwhile, the ring is available, and price is set at $5,900.
On the next page (see link below) you’ll find a late 19th century brooch/pendant from Sotheby’s, and a graceful Edwardian brooch from Lang Antiques.
Information and images on this page courtesy Romanov Russia: Antique and Vintage Jewelry. Disclaimer: No commissions are paid to the Jewelry Gig for sharing this information or on the sale of jewelry as a result of sharing this information.