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The ring is set with 5 natural hand cut bright clear Amethyst and 10 natural ocean Seed Pearls on each side of the straight line Amethyst. The method of cutting gemstones by hand in this time period was an art form in itself since the artesian used a diamond to cut the gems for their settings.
Information on the Amethyst Gemstone: Purple has long been considered a royal color so it is not surprising that amethyst has been so much in demand during history. Fine amethysts are featured in the British Crown Jewels and were also a favorite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. Amethyst, transparent purple quartz, is the most important quartz variety used in jewelry.
Leonardo Da Vinci wrote that amethyst was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence.
Because amethyst was thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize piety, amethyst was very important in the ornamentation of Catholic and other churches in the middle Ages. It was, in particular, considered to be the stone of bishops and they still often wear amethyst rings. The seed pearls in the ring meant “Modest Loveliness” in the Language of Gem in the Victorian time period.The ring is circa dated to 1865 and in excellent condition and very pretty. The size is 8 ½ and has been resized before as it was handed down in the family. It could be resized again if needed. The current insured value as of August 2016 is $1300.00