Antique Victorian Art Nouveau 800 Silver Amethyst Aesthetic Pin. This is a gorgeous, antique Victorian to Art Nouveau, aesthetic period, fancy fruit and nuts sash, clothing or chatelaine pin. It is made of 800 European Silver with an extra large, 30m natural amethyst stone. Original, excellent condition.
It has an old 800 punch marking and is also jeweler tested. Guaranteed to be antique solid 800 silver having its original large natural mined amethyst cabochon gemstone. From an estate and kept in excellent condition. Very gently used. The amethyst stone is a hand cut natural amethyst crystal. It has natural inclusions, variations and individual characteristic in the stone. There are No open cracks, chips, flakes, breaks or hairlines. Color is deep purple shading to lavender to white with beautiful color variations throughout. The original Victorian C-clasp is still intact and the hinge works well.
Size is 1 9/16″ tall North to South by 2 1/8″ wide East to West. The original amethyst is absolutely gorgeous and original to this pin. Never altered in way and excellent condition. Overall, this is a stunning Antique Victorian Art Nouveau 800 Silver Amethyst Aesthetic Pin pin for your antique jewelry or clothing collection.
About Amethyst WIKI:
Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the ancient Greek ἀ a- (“not”) and μέθυστοςméthystos (“intoxicated”). This is because it is a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. In addition, the ancient Greeks wore amethyst and made drinking vessels decorated with amethysts since they believed that it would prevent intoxication. Being one of several forms of quartz, amethyst is a semiprecious stone. Another use as the traditional birthstone for February.
Much as Greeks and Europeans used amethyst it was also used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians. Hence, it was largely employed for intaglio engraved gems.
The Greeks believed amethyst gems could prevent intoxication. Likewise, medieval European soldiers wore amethyst amulets as protection in battle. This was a result of the belief that amethysts heal people and keep them cool-headed. In fact, beads of amethyst were found in Anglo-Saxon graves in England. Finally, Western Christian bishops wear an episcopal ring often set with an amethyst. Hence, this is an allusion to the description of the Apostles as “not drunk” at Pentecost in Acts 2:15.
Consequently, amethyst is still used today for jewelry making.