Amethysts have for centuries been used in jewellery and the name actually comes from the ancient Greek word “amethustos” which means sober, or not drunk and was thought that if a piece of amethyst was placed in a cup, it would prevent the drinker from getting drunk.
As nice as this sounds, it of course does not work, however it has not stopped jewellers from creating fabulous jewellery over the years such as this magnificent antique brooch set with a massive amethyst.
Made in the early 20th century around 1910, this antique brooch is made in 9ct rose and white gold. The rose gold looks divine set against the amethyst and the white gold at the top is all delightfully milgrain set which is that very fine and elegant crimping along the edge of the setting.
The amethyst measures 2.8cm by 2.2cm which is equal to an impressive 40 carats in size.
The colour and cut of this amethyst is really remarkable and certainly stands out on any outfit.
With such an ingenious design at the back, the jeweller who made this used a very smart design for the pin.
Instead of a single bar, there is a smaller bar as well about half the length. This prevents the brooch from tilting over ensuring that is always remains upright.
So simple yet so elegant, this antique amethyst brooch from the Edwardian era truly look magnificent and will always make any outfit stand out.