E582 Elegant, Victorian, Amethyst Heart Ring with Pearls:


The setting is handmade of 15 karat yellow Gold tested, in the design of Heart crowned with Pearls. The Natural Amethyst Heart is hand cut; the heart is a complicated shape to cut because of the angle of the crystal growth. The size of this gemstone is over nine carats in weight and has a great even color throughout the stone. In the Victorian period, the Symbolism of Objects the Heart Shape represented The Center, the Source of Love, the Center of the Soul.
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.
Amethyst gemstones were found in Russia, Brazil, Uruguay, Madagascar.

Amethyst was as expensive as Emerald or Ruby until the mid19th Century when large deposits of it were discovered in Brazil.

The healing and spiritual meanings of Amethyst:

Amethyst crystals are exceptional for providing spiritual protection, inner strength, and clarity of mind, making them a classic meditation tool.

Amethyst healing properties also include acting as a natural form of stress relief and attracts positive energy while ridding your body of any negative emotions; they are said to help strengthen the immune system and heal any imbalances that lie in the body.
A little bit of history about Amethyst

• The Ancient Greeks wore Amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated in them to prevent themselves from being intoxicated.

• In the middles ages, it was considered as a symbol of royalty and a “cardinal gem” and was used to decorate English regalia.

• Medieval European soldiers wore Amethyst amulets to protect them in battle.

• The Ancient Egyptians used Amethyst to guard against fearful and guilty thoughts.

• An Amethyst is the ninth stone in the breastplate of the high priest of Israel, and one of the ten stones upon which the names of the tribes of Israel were engraved.

• The ancient saint St. Valentine, the patron of love, wore an Amethyst ring carved with a Cupid; hence, why it is also the birthstone for February.

• Tibetans have always considered Amethyst to be sacred to the Buddha and make prayer beads from it.

Also set into the Gold setting are three natural ocean Pearls. The center pearl is 4 mm round; the two side pearls are 3 mm round. In the Victorian period, the Pearl represented Modest Loveliness.

Pearl History: Pearls, 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 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 ring is unique for the Victorian period but more common in the Georgian period. The ring is a size 5 3/4 now but can be resized larger or smaller if needed. The gold work setting, the Amethyst gemstone, and the three Pearls are in excellent condition and sturdy to wear.

Price: $900.00