Glamorous days

Antique amethyst & aquamarine necklace in gold, Great Britain circa 1890

Large amethysts and luminous aquamarines - what more beautiful sparkle could transport us to thoughts of warm summer evenings? This necklace, which we found for you in the UK, combines glittering colored stones with warmly glowing yellow gold. Its elegant design language focuses entirely on the shine of the beautiful colored stones, creating an impression of warmth, beauty and lightness. As many as eighteen deep violet shining amethysts are set side by side in delicate settings like pendulums. Shimmering light blue aquamarines alternate with the larger amethysts. Small pearls crown the amethyst pendulums and pick up the light colorfulness of the aquamarines, creating a double rhythm of light and dark glow. The necklace was created in late 19th century England. Amethyst was well available to jewelry designers at that time, as it is today, due to rich mines in Brazil in the best qualities. Yet it was never disregarded as being of little value. For in Great Britain the amethyst was considered a royal stone - In the Middle Ages it still adorned the royal jewels. Its intense color was also popular throughout the 19th century. While in continental Europe the fashion slowly changed to bright white jewels, in England the pleasure of the color remained current for a long time. Our necklace is an impressive testimony to this British joy of color, which still pleases today with its brilliance and freshness. Worn close to the neck, it fits comfortably and softly to the body due to its skillful manufacturing. It is very well preserved.

Amethyst, agate, jasper, citrine and onyx - for the chemist all these gemstones are uniformly quartz - but how different are the shapes and colors that nature offers us! Amethyst is the violet son of this family. Its name, from the Greek "amethystos" - "counteracting intoxication", expresses the ancient belief that its wearer was immune to the intoxicating effects of wine. Despite some self-experimentation, we have not yet been able to confirm that this is indeed the case. One thing is certain, however: its color is unique, ranging all the way to a deep violet, beginning with the most delicate shades of purple. In the Middle Ages and even in antiquity, amethyst was used to cut numerous objects of decorative art, such as vases and drinking cups, of which a few precious specimens have been preserved in museums of decorative art. But it is mainly jewellery for which this stone has been used - and still is, to our great delight.

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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.