In a new guise

Magnificent Regency Era Amethyst Necklace in Yellow Gold, circa 1820

Antique jewellery was not as valued at all times as it is today. So it is not surprising that many pieces of older times were melted down and their stones were processed into new, more modern pieces of jewellery. This was also the case with the predecessor of this necklace, whose magnificent amethysts were processed into this piece, which was then again highly modern, in the years around 1820. On golden double chains we see large, intensely coloured amethysts, which are lined up at some distance from each other and hold a large cross of rubies, diamonds and also amethysts in the centre. Originally, the oval amethysts were most likely part of a slightly earlier rivière, while the two drop-shaped ones were mounted to match as earrings. This also explains why they each have a second setting of red gold with traces of earlier suspensions beneath the setting of yellow gold filigree. Possibly its probably English owner wished for an even more splendid piece for her evening dress? This is at least the reason for the present necklace, which features gold filigree typical of the period, known as cannetille, and is thus entirely in keeping with the taste of the Regency Era. The production of this filigree was extremely labour-intensive and for this reason can only be found on historical pieces: "Work such as this can never be cost effective again." Eleven large amethysts, whose intense colour is further enhanced by the silver foil backing, literally shine in a new guise. Another special feature of this piece is the fact that the pendant, with its diamond and ruby set, can also be removed, thus visually transforming the necklace into a still magnificent, but infinitely simpler piece of jewellery. A large eyelet also allows the cross to be worn alone on a velvet ribbon or pearl necklace. In this way, the very well preserved necklace can be adapted to the occasion for which it is to be worn, then as now. Comparable pieces with similar, detachable pendants can be found in Ginny Dawes/Olivia Collings: Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, Suffolk 2010, pp. 79 and 113. A rivière like the one from which the stones were presumably taken can be found ibid, p. 77. From there also the above quotation, p. 113.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.