The power of colour

Precious vintage bangle with amethysts & diamonds, around 1970

The amethyst is the violet variety of the quartz, which shows itself in tones ranging from delicate purple to intense violet. Its characteristic colourfulness has made amethysts one of the most popular stones in every era, from Art Nouveau to the 1970s - and the brightly coloured gemstones were always presented in the midst of luminous gold. This bangle is no exception. Ten amethysts and diamonds are set in three parallel rows in slightly reddish, warmly gleaming gold. Larger brilliant-cut diamonds on the outside, the oval faceted amethysts in the middle. Other, smaller diamonds accompany the amethysts in the spandrels between the stones. In total, around three carats of diamonds are presented here along with the purple semi-precious stones. The ring itself is powerful on the show side and appears closed, the sides are adorned with beautiful engravings. The lower half of the hoop, on the other hand, is lighter, more airy, and formed of two slightly curved bars. It is a design that was a great fashion in the late 19th century. The craftsmanship and the cuts of the diamonds, however, show that the ring was probably created in the years around 1970. We discovered the piece of jewellery in the Rhineland.

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. That this is actually the case, we could not confirm despite some self-experiments so far. But one thing is for sure: Its color is unique, ranging all the way to a deep violet, starting with the most delicate shades of purple. In the Middle Ages and already in antiquity numerous objects of arts and crafts such as vases and drinking cups were cut from amethyst, of which a few precious specimens have been preserved in the museums of arts and crafts. But it is above all jewellery for which this stone was 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.