Victorian Enamel, Pearl and Amethyst Necklace, c.1880s
15 Carat Yellow Gold
A beautiful deep violet purple variety of the mineral quartz, and the most well known and most prized variety. In many cultures and throughout the ages, Amethyst has been said to protect the wearer from many problems such as the powers of seduction, drunkenness, locusts, aid in the winning of wars, help against insect bites and stomach acid. Most amethyst comes from Zambia. Read more
A term used to describe a gemstone that has not been subject to any treatment, such as heat treatment.
A pigment of a vitreous nature composed usually of powdered pot ash or silica, bound with oil coloured glass as a surface decoration, fired at a very low temperature.
A gemstone and an organic substance. Pearls have been coveted through the ages for their beauty as symbols of wealth and status. Pearl formation process begins when a foreign body enters a mollusk (usually an oyster or mussel) and is coated with nacre as a natural defense. The natural pearl market declined after 1900, and today 99% of pearls are cultured and are grown around the world in saltwater oysters and freshwater mussels. Read more
A weight measurement of a gemstone or gold. The term is derived from the ancient used of carob seeds to balance scales when selling amounts of gold or gemstones. The term is often shortened to ‘ct’.
A chemical element with the symbol Au. Gold is a yellow, malleable metal which makes it perfect for use in jewellery making.
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