14k gold, natural amethyst and pearls. Why You'll Love It. Just one look at this Victorian brooch will leave you mesmerized, with a deeply saturated Siberian amethyst in a royal purple hue and flashes of fucshia drawing you in. Two luminous pearls flank the central pear-cut amethyst, adding just the right amount of ethereal radiance.
Tying itself into an eternity knot, the refined 14k gold setting swirls into a bond that cannot be broken, symbolizing. Bright patina with minimal surface wear to the setting.Fresh sheen, light surface wear, and no chipping on the amethyst. All pearls are intact and in place.
Symbolism in antique and vintage jewelry is common, yet it can be hard to spot if you don't know what you're looking for. Often, specific natural gemstones, flowers, birds, and motifs like stars and anchors were imbued with meanings that have fallen out of present-day society's collective memory.
To appreciate the power of symbols in antique jewelry is to imagine what it would have been like to wear the piece and step back into history. Gemstones are time consuming to cut, requiring a high degree of skill from a trained craftsperson, and glass cabochons can be equally complicated to manufacture on a large scale while keeping costs down. These constraints are only a few of the reasons you often see similar shapes of stones used in jewelry. Look for out-of-the-ordinary shapes, like the demilune for example, for a striking look as well as a unique find. _gsrx_vers_1536 GS 9.4 (1536).