Delicate Garlands

Wonderful Antique Amethyst & Pearl Necklace in Platinum & Gold, Circa 1905

Infinitely delicate and yet full of inner tension: this necklace is a very special piece of jewellery. Set on a fine platinum chain is a showpiece of garlands of pearls held by round faceted amethysts. Three pendulums, also set with pearls and amethysts, structure the design in a rhythm that increases towards the centre. The cool, shimmering pearls and the equally cool platinum form an exciting contrast to the warmly glowing amethysts and their yellow gold settings. The violet gemstones thus shine even more intensely, as their deep colour seems to increase endlessly in the bright and delicate surroundings. The necklace was created in the early years of the 20th century, probably in Britain, where we discovered it. Amethyst at that time, as today, was readily available to jewellery designers in the best qualities through rich mines in Brazil. Yet it was never disregarded as 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 colour 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 colour remained current for a long time. The fine delicacy of the design makes the necklace comfortable to wear at the same time. It falls softly and lies beautifully on the skin.

Amethyst, agate, jasper, citrine and onyx - for the chemist all these gemstones are uniformly quartz - but how different are the shapes and colours 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 colour 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.