The Georgian era was a period in love with the splendor of jewelry. Men, women, gentlemen and gentlewomen were awash in jewelry of every sort, including even buckles and buttons of glitter.
The later years of the 18th century onward reclaimed the allure of the colored gemstone, especially for daytime amethyst, aquamarine and topaz. In addition, the period around 1810-1820 saw incredible gold wirework (cannetille) emerge and literally takeover much of the jewelry designs until well into the late 1830s.
Here is an example of the exquisite technique of twisting and wrapping threads of gold into spirals, rosettes, coils and tendrils in the formation of an amethyst set brooch pendant of 15k yellow gold.
Overall grand in scale in counterpoint to the lace-like finery of gold thread, 5 faceted oval amethysts interweave with 8 natural freshwater pearls. Each of the larger amethysts averages in size 12 x 9 mm, the smaller 9 x 8 mm.
The glowing gems are set closed backed and foiled, illuminating the lilac hued amethysts from within. This Georgian pendant brooch is a virtual tableau of wonderment and skill. Please note that the reverse reveals the original C clasp and tube hinge fitting as well as its pendant element.
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