Edwardian Amethyst and Pearl Filigree Brooch
c. early 1900s
One of these days, I’m going to write up post about the former owners of the estate to which the brooch belonged. It’s one for the story books, that’s for sure. We don’t know exactly where this brooch was acquired but the design details tell us the timing. Our Edwardian Amethyst and Pearl Filigree Brooch is a looker or as they would have said in her earliest days, totally hoyden.
What We Love About It:
She’s a statement piece for sure. And lovely as a brooch. The Amethyst has great color and her design is classic for the period ending the Edwardian era and transitioning into the Art Deco period. But honestly, I love her because….well, I would make her into a ring. Yup. Call me Queen Mary, but I’d love to repurpose it.
The brooch, hand-crafted out of 14kt yellow gold, features a bezel set cushion cut amethyst measuring approx 18mm x 15mm, set “in reverse” with the culet to the top. We’re estimating the carat weight of the stone to be between 25 and 30 cts. Surrounding the bezel holding the center stone is a halo of drilled seed pearls, strung on wire (it may be deficient a pearl or two, as they appear to move in one quadrant. The foundation of the brooch is composed of yellow gold filligree work and there is a pin stem to the reverse that tests as 14kt gold, as well. The entire brooch measures 1″ x 7/8″ and weighs 7.3g. The brooch is in excellent condition for its age, with the exception of the possible missing seed pearls (we have priced it accordingly).
What do you see when you look at it? A stunning pin to hold our scarf to your neck, Dr. Deborah Birx style? Or a ring that would offer outstanding finger coverage? Or maybe something else entirely? Whatever it may be, I’m happy to help you make that vision come true.