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    Posted 9 years ago

    Luisa
    (54 items)

    Absolutely my most favourite piece. I feel like I must have owned it in a past life or something, the minute I saw it I had to have it. Amethyst is a few carats, for sure, the pendant is about an inch and a half from top to bottom. This is my Amethyst and seed pearl pendant, originally made as a pin or brooch, judging by the solder on the back. Also is double marked, 14k on pendant, 14k on bail, in different stamp styles. A few seed pearls had been replaced over the years, there isn't any indication as to who would have made this, no hallmarks or anything. Would love some insight as to where this could have come from. I say Victorian based on the style, seed pearls were popular, as well as the amethyst being rose cut. My best guess is it is from Europe, made mid to late 1800's. Differing opinions welcome, thanks for looking : )

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    1. Luisa Luisa, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the love Tony and Kathy : )
    2. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      My opinion, it doesn't look as old as the mid 19thC
      And if it was European, you would be seeing hallmarks, and the gold would probably be 15kt
      And thats actually not a rose cut..
    3. Luisa Luisa, 9 years ago
      Your right, it isn't a true rose cut. My best description is a modified rose cut, or rose cut with large table.
      I'd be happy to find out it if were North American, I don't have too many pieces of fine jewellery from North American antiquity. But most of the wealth was in Europe 100+ years ago, and jewellers didn't always pay their duties on merchandise, especially if they lived far from the assaying offices.
      Because it has had so many owners, I guess I'll never know for sure.
    4. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Well America was very prosperous in the late 19th century, that was the heighth of the industrial revolution, there was a lot of wealth here

      The rose cut doesn't have a table actually, its a domed crown. Hard to tell from the photos, but that looks like a regular round brilliant with a heightened crown
    5. Luisa Luisa, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the input, Stillwater : )
    6. Luisa Luisa, 9 years ago
      Thanks for the love everyone : )
    7. Budek Budek, 9 years ago
      Luisa,
      It's a beautiful thing to behold, thanks for listing it.
    8. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      I have a brooch that's much like this, so I'm partial :) very pretty!
    9. Agram.m Agram.m, 9 years ago
      I don't agree the comment of Stillwater. A lot of times there are no hallmarks on European 19th century jewelry and also 18ct and 14ct is a common alloy in Europe. I have some Amethyst jewels myself (see a.o. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/65615-amethyst-and-pearl-seed-earrings ) and they are'nt real rose cut too.
    10. Luisa Luisa, 9 years ago
      Stunning collection on your link, Agram.m!! I can see the resemblance in style, bulky and beautiful with delicate accents. They had very good methods of gem cutting for a long time now!
      Thanks for the love everyone!!
    11. Agram.m Agram.m, 9 years ago
      Luisa, thanks for your comment

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