Siberian Amethyst Victorian Bracelet
Siberia is known for its deep, fine amethysts. The color tends toward royal, lustrous purples and some of the finest stones come from this region of Russia. Certainly one would assume that the gem in this bracelet is from that area as it possesses every quality one could hope to find in an amethyst. Set within the most spectacular of settings, the bracelet is fit for an aristocrat. Measuring a substantial 5/8 of an inch each way (1.6 cm by 1.5 cm) wide, the stone is cut in an elongated octagon shape. Richly faceted, it refracts with the hue of subtle lilac and lavender with every subtle movement. It is best to view the large photos to get an idea of the beauty and color of the gem.
Glittering 18k yellow gold enhances the gem in one of the more ornate of settings. Geometrics with hollow elements of gold are built up to house the amethyst. Four layers in all (including the bezel) step up in a plinth making an intricate platform to showcase the jewel. Trefoil forms in graduated size comprise the band. Each moves fluidly in an undulating rhythm concluding in a slide clasp. Brightly cut hand engraving decorates every square inch of the surfaces of the gold. Unbelievable as each one is in different patterns of flowers and scrollwork. Similar to elegant fabrics, this gold work reminds one of a brocade. Measures 6-5/8 inches long (16.7 cm) when worn; the central elements measures 1-½ inches wide (3.8 cm) by 1-¼ inches high (3 cm) and more than ½ of an inch in depth (1.5 cm). The band ranges in size from 5/8 of an inch wide to 5/16 of an inch (1.6 cm down to 0.8 cm).
Condition is excellent; one small area of the amethyst having been polished as there must have been a small scratch or loss (visible only with magnification), otherwise superb. There is a safety chain for extra security. Victorian jewelry at its finest. Circa 1840-1850 and most likely English in origin.
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