The Elegant Cufflink, your Victorian amethyst brooch experts. (J9540) The Elegant Cufflink home page Antique and Vintage Jewelry Galleries Antique Brooch Gallery Purhasing an estate jewel.

Victorian Amethyst Brooch

Victorian amethyst brooch. (J9540)

Amethyst and Scrolls

A late Victorian brooch with a lozenge-shaped, lively amethyst set in a finely chased gold border of flowing scrolls.  The rich purple/lilac shades of the amethyst play beautifully against the warmth of the antique gold.  Finely crafted by Osmun-Parker in 14kt gold, circa 1900.

During the Victorian era amethyst was a favored gemstone with associations of regal wealth, mystery and romance.  It is easy to imagine this elegant jewel glittering in flickering candlelight on a candle-lit evening in the late 1800s.

Victorian amethyst brooch. (J9540)

The back of the brooch is as well-crafted as the front.  A sturdy "C" clasp and pin stem secure the brooch when worn and the strong bezel holds and protects the amethyst.  A small circular plaque just beneath the hinge is stamped with the marker's mark of Osmun-Parker ("14" for the purity of the gold above a crescent).  Osmun-Parker was a maker of fine jewelry based in Newark, New Jersey who created beautifully chased brooches and other jewels in the decades around 1900.

Name:  Amethyst and Scrolls

Cost:  $565

Measurements:  This 14kt gold brooch measures 1 3/8" by 15/16" and weighs 6.2 grams. 

A Jewel for Wine Lovers

While the Victorians favored amethyst for its associations of regal wealth, mystery and beauty, the ancient Greeks had a different take on the matter.   Among the ancient Greeks it was believed that an amethyst jewel would protect a wearer from the ill effects of over imbibing.  So, an amethyst-set jewel was the perfect accessory for a Bacchanalian revel or even a less adventurous wine tasting!

Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

Edwardian guilloche enamel brooch. (J9413) Hans Brassler amethyst and roses brooch. (J9256)

Antique Jewelry Gallery     Antique Brooch Gallery

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, I can be reached at
978 525-8951  or

Or, if you prefer snail mail, my postal address is:

Arthur Anderson
PO Box 1448
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA

© Copyright Arthur Anderson
2020  -  2023 All Rights Reserved