E577 Amethyst Cabochon Ring with Seed Pear, Circa 1780:


This is within the Georgian the 3rd time period1760 to 1811 period and circa dated 10 1780. This early ring was handmade of 16 karat yellow gold. The ring is set with a
Three-carat hand polished natural Amethyst Gemstone. Also set are fourteen natural ocean seed pearls of 2.5 mm each that encircle the Gemstone.
The Natural Amethyst is a medium purple color with red flashes. The Amethyst is a hand polished, foiled backed Cabochon.
A cabochon is a gemstone which has been rubbed and polished into a simple rounded shape, as opposed to a faceted cut. Up until the 1400s, gem cutters were constrained to cabochon style cuts and odd asymmetrically faceted cuts due to the limited technology at hand. The resulting shape has a convex top with a flat or concave back. The term cabochon is used to describe any gemstone cut shape that is not facetted.
Information on the foiling gemstones: Foiling a gemstone was one of those techniques and the goldsmiths whom best employed the art of foiling were in high regard as it did not only involve good craftsmanship but extra-ordinary artistic skills as well. A thin layer of metallic gold or silver was laid behind the gemstone that had a closed back. The foil reflected the light from the front to give the gem more light.

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.

Pearl History: Pearls played a 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 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. England and the Eastern United States desired the small seed pearl. 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 very early ring by American Jewelry is lovely; strongly set and in excellent condition. The face of the ring measures 5/8 of an inch tall and 1/2 of an inch wide. The band size is 7 1/4 and can be re-sized larger or smaller is needed.

Price: $1,400.00