Aquamarine & Amethyst Hair Pin
The art and style of hair ornaments warrants its own separate study in the history of fashion and jewelry. Swaying to and fro with the vagaries of costume and hair style, hair ornaments have graced the head for millennia.
Here a breathtaking and shimmering hair pin is set with aquamarines and amethysts. Circa 1850, the gems are all natural and arranged in a flower motif. Between is a frame of petals in high carat gold gilded metal. Oval and round faceted, the fine gemstones are set open backed with beautiful claw and gallery mounts. Total estimated carat weight of the amethysts is 4.8 and total aquamarine is 4.5 carats. On a hinge, it can be worn numerous ways, all very soignée.
Round part measures 1-1/4 inches (3.1 cm) in diameter. Measures just less than 4-1/4 inches (10.6 cm) in total length. Center aquamarine measures 11 mm by 8.2 mm. Weighs 9.8 grams. Condition is excellent with natural variations to the size, shape and color of the stones.