Year 1860 Civil War Era, Sterling and Amethyst Cross:

Victorian Civil War Era Cross Amethyst

Handmade cross of sterling silver setting , circa 1860. Sterling beads on the ends of point of the cross. The cross is set with ten hand cut natural amethyst which are 2 carats each making this cross 20 carats for the total carat weight. Each gemstone is held with 13 prongs.
Amethyst gemstones:
Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and the most valued member of the quartz family. It must be purple to be amethyst, but it can display a range of shades including deep purple, light lilac, lavender and mauve. Its purple color made it a stone of royalty for many thousands of years.
The size is 2 ½ inches tall and ½ wide. This is a beautiful Civil War Era Cross which would have been worn with a ribbon in the mid-19th Century. Insured value is $1600.00 as of June 2011.

Price: $495.00