REF no. 110
This opulent Georgian cluster jewel is set with a gorgeous cushion shape foil backed amethyst, with an approximate weight of 1.00ct, surrounded by a border of gleaming pearls, all in a closed back setting with secure brooch fitting to the reverse, beautifully crafted in 15ct gold and dating to circa 1820.
Measurements: brooch measures 16mm x 14mm
This piece was made circa 1820 during the Georgian era, a period in English history defined by the reign of Kings George I – George IV and William IV, from 1714 to 1837. But more specifically it dates from the Regency era, from 1811 to 1820, a period noted for its elegance and refinement in art and design. Jewellery was worn in abundance among high society and jewels with a central coloured gemstone bordered by a row of seed pearls were extremely popular in the form of rings and brooches. Gemstones were always mounted in closed settings in this period, often with coloured foils behind the gemstone to enhance the colour and sparkle of the jewels.
Historically, the main source of amethyst was in Siberia, the inaccessibility of which made it a very rare gemstone only available to Royalty and aristocracy. Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered in the 1820s. This led to a surge in popularity as beautiful amethyst jewels became available to the wider market.
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