Amethyst flower

Playful pendant with amethysts & natural pearls in gold, London circa 1905

In the early years of the 20th century, delicate pendants were popular in Great Britain: those made of fine gold bars around which dainty leaves wind, and set all over with small seed pearls. A representative of this genre is presented here in its original case. In a mesh of tendrils and leaves, our pendant presents an amethyst of deep purple color in the center. Like a blossom, the stone sits in the middle of the symmetrical tendril work, which is completed below by another drop-shaped amethyst as a pendulum. The composition is influenced by Art Nouveau, which also breathed new life into the art of jewellery in the British Isles during these years. At the time of the jewellery's creation, the usual gold alloy often had a slightly reddish tone, so that an additional layer of fine gold was applied to almost all pieces of jewellery in order to obtain the sought-after warm yellow gold tone. Our pendant also has that typical, luminous gold tone, which is only created by fine gold plating and which was called "bloomed gold" in those years. The pendant with its gold chain has been immaculately preserved in its original case made by the London jewellers Vine & Thompson. We discovered it in London.

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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.