This stunning Georgian Amethyst necklace is a spectacular example of late Georgian jewellery and craftsmanship!
The necklace features two superb large natural Amethysts, (the oval is 1.22 carats and the gorgeous pear-shaped drop is an impressive 1.38 carats!) and a single 0.43ct sparkling White Sapphire at its heart bringing a dazzling focus to the piece... Just imagine yourself wearing this necklace with a glamorous low-cut evening gown, the substantial Amethyst drop swaying gently with hypnotic elegance!
Each stone has been hand-crafted and lovingly set by hand in the most beautiful Rosy coloured 9ct Gold and each has charming original open-backed collet settings - allowing the light to stream through and illuminate those rare and precious gems.
The Amethysts have a wonderful violet colour with pretty rasberry pink overtones and are crystal clear throughout.
This rare and beautiful Georgian necklace moves gracefully when worn. A delicate piece- it's amazing how it's been around for over 200 years and still looks fit for a princess!
ERA: Georgian c.1820
The oval/ cushion shaped Amethyst is 8.6mm tall x 10.9mm wide.
The natural White Sapphire is 5.5mm diameter
(x approx 2.5mm deep).
The pear-shaped Amethyst drop is 9mm wide at it's widest point x 17mm long.
MATERIALS: 9ct pale Rosy Yellow Gold, Amethyst, White Sapphire.
HALLMARKS: As with the majority of antique jewellery from this time-frame this item is un-hallmarked but has been tested as 9ct Gold using professional jewellers tools.
The new Gold chain is solid 9ct Gold and marked "375" at the clasp.
EXCELLENT: A superb Georgian Amethyst drop pendant in truly incredible condition! We can't sing the praises of this piece enough! When you consider the great age of this necklace it's amazing to think it's so perfect! The Amethysts and White Sapphire are immaculate, with no chips, scuffs or abrasions and the gems themselves are of the utmost quality. The Amethysts are very fine with a pretty violet colour and even saturation (no colour zoning) and the White Sapphire has a fierce bright sparkle.
When we found this piece it was a pendant alone. Whether it was originally on a chain (as you see here), on a ribbon or part of a larger necklace suite we can't be certain, but we think the addition of a new solid Gold chain looks well and has a solid bolt ring- meaning you can wear this necklace with pride all day and all evening in complete confidence.
Also please note the White Sapphire may or may not be original to the piece. It's possible the centre-stone was originally Amethyst as well and has been replaced at some point with Sapphire. If so, it has been done to an impeccable standard and looks amazing! And considering its great age is not surprising. We do feel the White Sapphire works incredibly well as a highlight to the violet purple of the Amethysts and the original settings are still perfect!