E471 Lovely Handmade Amethyst Victorian Pendant with Pearls:


E471

The pendant setting is handmade with 15 karat yellow gold and has a strong framework. The setting is set with a Royal Amethyst of 30 points of a carat in weight. Also set are 20 seed pearls of different sizes, with the largest being 2 mm in size. At the lower part of the pendant is a dangle Baroque Pearl. All pearls in this beautiful pendant are natural ocean pearls. The circa date of this pendant is 1870.
Information on the Amethyst gemstone:
Amethyst: a Royal color - 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.
Addition to the Gemstones there is natural ocean pearls set into this pendant. The ocean pearls came from the Mediterranean Sea and were very laborious to retrieve and then they had to find matching sizes and colors for the setting of this pendant. 
Pearl History: Pearls, in fact, played the pivotal role at the most celebrated banquet in literature. To convince Rome that Egypt possessed a heritage and wealth that put it above conquest, Cleopatra wagered Marc Antony she could give the most expensive dinner in history. The Roman reclined as the queen sat with an empty plate and a goblet of wine (or vinegar). She crushed one large pearl of a pair of earrings, dissolved it in the liquid, and then drank it down. Astonished, Antony declined his dinner—the matching pearl—and admitted she had won. Pliny, the world's first gemologist, writes in his famous Natural History that the two pearls were worth an estimated 60 million sesterces, or 1,875,000 ounces of fine silver ($9,375,000 with silver at $5/ounce). In the Georgian time period and much earlier, finding a valuable pearl requires as much luck as skill. And in their quest for both pearls and mother-of-pearl, people have sometimes taken extraordinary measures. For many centuries, divers for marine pearls had to outmaneuver sharks and other dangers to locate the pearl oysters they hoped would contain natural pearls. The small seed pearl was desired by England and the Eastern United States. We 21st Century people take a lot for granted when it comes to gems and pearls and fine jewelry. In the 18th and 19th centuries, these works of art were treasures to be kept in the family.
This pendant is a beautiful dainty item, it is in excellent condition and strong to wear on a chain. The pendant comes with a 16-inch new chain.

Price: $430.00