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 spectacular Victorian locket features two large oval amethyst cabochons in buttery gold fittings.
14k gold fittings (tests), 1" oval amethyst cabochons
1 1/4" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain
1837 — 1901
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It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.