Royal Antique Amethyst and Diamond Bow and Drop Necklace

Purple has long been known as the color of Royalty.  Why, you may wonder? Well, it could be because the dye used to make purple fabrics came from a small mollusk that was only found in the Tyre region of the Mediterranean Sea. The dye was so expensive that only the most elite could afford it. It could also be that in early times amethyst was a very rare gem and thus it’s value was equalled only by diamonds; it was considered the gemstone of Kings and Queens. Eventually great finds in South America would make the gem more plentiful and less valued, but rich, dark stones like this one are still highly prized and still conjure thoughts of Royalty ensconced in velvet.

Hand crafted in 18 karat gold with silver settings for the diamonds, this Late Victorian beauty may have started life off as all or part of a brooch or stomacher.  Now, it hangs perfectly from a fine silver chain.  The large, richly hued, cushion cut amethyst at its heart measures 19 x 18 x 12 mm and weighs approximately 24 carats.  The bow and hanging vine are set with 48 diamonds.  The center diamond in the bow is a lovely old European cushion cut that weighs approximately .25 carats, and the other full round cut diamond is about .15 carats. There are an additional 46 rose cut diamonds and the total weight in diamonds on this necklace adds up to about 1.15 carats.  

This wonderful necklace hangs 51 mm from the top of the bow to the bottom of the amethyst and 21 mm across at the widest point, it is 12.4 mm deep.  The chain measures 18.5 inches from bow to bow.  The necklace weighs 11 grams. It is unmarked but we’ve acid tested it to verify the 18k gold and sterling silver content.  

This gorgeous, circa 1890, necklace is ready for your brush with Royalty! Are you?

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Item ID: NE0215045V




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