In the 18th and 19th centuries, large deposits of amethyst were found in Brazil, consequently depreciating its value. Yet, this contributed to its popularity and vast presence in antique jewelry. Advancements in gemstone cutting led to sophisticated amethyst bands, tiaras, brooches, and rivieres. Like garnets, antique amethysts were subject to foiling - which essentially was where colored foils were placed into the gemstone setting. This was especially popular in Regency England as candlelight balls allowed these inner fires to burn brightly.
In the Georgian era, amethyst was a popular choice for sentimental pieces. Circa 1830, this rare transitional jewel is one of the largest scale examples I’ve ever seen, fresh from London and absolutely unforgettable. 9k gold, English, foiling, hand etched band, size 7, extremely smooth and easy to wear.
Materials and Features: foiled amethyst, 9k gold, hand-etched band
Age/Origin: English, Georgian, c. 1830
Measurements: Size 7, 4.2 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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