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Victorian Amethyst Drop Earrings


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. 1850 earrings feature oval and pear-shaped amethysts in au jour settings with crimped collets.


  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), 9mm x 6mm oval faceted amethysts, 1.65cm x 1cm pear faceted amethysts

  • Age

    c. 1850

  • Condition

    Very good - ear wires are probably replacements of the originals

  • Size

    1 3/8" length measured from the top of the ear wire





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.