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 when rich deposits of the stone were discovered in Brazil (then a Portuguese colony). 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 it's vaguely wine-colored hue. This lovely deep purple amethyst ring dates to the end of the Georgian period. The foil-backed gem is mounted in a closed setting and flanked by decoratively engraved shoulders.
10k gold (tests), 7.8mm x 10mm amethyst
6, can be resized; 8.4mm head, 1.8mm shank
1714 — 1837
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