Amethyst, the most valuable member of the quartz family, commanded a price equal to that of rubies and emeralds until the beginning of the 19th century, at which time rich deposits of the stone were discovered in Brazil (then a Portuguese colony) making the stone less of rarity and therefore less costly. Amethyst takes its name from the Greek amethystos, which loosely translates to "not drunk" - the Ancient Greeks believed the stone could prevent inebriation, they also associated the gem with Bacchus (the god of wine) because of its vaguely wine-colored hue. This wonderful early Victorian collar features unusual (and large!) amethyst hexagons in dished gold settings.
settings are 10k gold (tests), chain is 14k gold (tests), 12 1.24cm x 1.16cm amethysts
Very good - chain may have been added/replaced at some point in time
17 1/2" total length, 1/2" amethyst links