From my collection is this Stunning Victorian 15ct Gold Amethyst and Seed Pearl Brooch . One of the best pieces I have owned .Weight is about 3 Grams.
15ct gold was discontinued in England as a gold standard in 1932 with the Commonwealth member countries soon following.
So if you do happen to find a piece of 15ct gold you can nearly be absolutely sure its made before 1932.
Gorgeous purple amethysts have been prized since the time of the ancient Greeks. Because of their grape-like color, the Greeks associated these gems with the wine god, Bacchus. They believed that wearing an amethyst could protect you from drunkenness—in fact the word amethystos meant “not drunk” in ancient Greek. According to gemstone lore, amethyst jewelry keeps its wearer clear-headed and clever. Artist Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethysts enhance intelligence and protect against evil thoughts.
No wonder I keep buying them .
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Posted by Talking Antiques on Sunday, 22 July 2018