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While at the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign the focus was on manufacturing, toward the later years there was a renewed interest and appreciation of the handmade. The Late Victorian period (1880–1901) was referred to as the Aesthetic period and coincided with these changing tastes.

Stylistically, jewelry of this time period did not resemble its earlier Victorian counterparts, in fact, it was in complete opposition to what preceded it. Gone were the mourning jewelry, heavy brooches, and large necklaces - jewelry was smaller, lighter, and more dainty. Diamonds came into fashion, and semiprecious gems such as amethysts and opals became prevalent, too. Using gemstones for their natural beauty and not their worth was something that jewelers of the Aesthetics movement felt passionate about. 

This violet dream of a ring features four graduated amethyst stones and six diamonds contrasting beautifully throughout. A perfect stacker and layering piece, this ring is one perfect for a Victorian-centered collection or even a thoughtful gift for a loved one with a February birthday, as amethyst is the lucky birthstone of February babies. Amethyst also symbolizes peace, cleansing, and calming energy.


Materials and Features: 15k gold, amethyst, diamond

Age/Origin: English, c. 1890

Measurements: Size 8.5, 2.3 grams

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.  

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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