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Amethyst and Rose Cut Diamond Earrings

About Details History
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the symbolic gemstone for the 6th wedding anniversary. The name "amethyst" roughly translates from Ancient Greek as "not drunk" as the Greeks believed it to be an antidote to inebriation. Both Persians and Peruvians in years of yore believed that amethysts could ward off witchcraft when carved with a symbol of the sun. Amethysts were a favorite of Catherine the Great and were quite popular during the Victorian era. These c. 1900 earrings are fashioned in 14k yellow gold with rose cut diamond tops and slightly mismatched pendant amethysts. 

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold (tests), 2.5mm rose cut diamonds, faceted amethysts (slightly different shapes)
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 1" length measured from the top of the ear wires
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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About Details History
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the symbolic gemstone for the 6th wedding anniversary. The name "amethyst" roughly translates from Ancient Greek as "not drunk" as the Greeks believed it to be an antidote to inebriation. Both Persians and Peruvians in years of yore believed that amethysts could ward off witchcraft when carved with a symbol of the sun. Amethysts were a favorite of Catherine the Great and were quite popular during the Victorian era. These c. 1900 earrings are fashioned in 14k yellow gold with rose cut diamond tops and slightly mismatched pendant amethysts. 

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold (tests), 2.5mm rose cut diamonds, faceted amethysts (slightly different shapes)
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 1" length measured from the top of the ear wires
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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