A rare Georgian antique 18ct carat gold amethyst and pearl long chain necklace.
Hailing from the Regency era circa 1810, and completely hand wrought, this incredible all original jewel features a rope length box chain measuring a full 41" so if worn long it reaches to about waist level depending on your height and build.
An stunning drop shaped pendant with a domed back suspends from the chain and showcases a natural amethyst that is pear cut and a beautiful violet colour. The amethyst is framed in gold beadwork and bordered in a row of creamy white seed pearls nestled in gold cup cake fluted settings.
The chain has no clasp, it goes over the head and can be doubled if you wish. The chain is a fairly heavy gauge and is attached to the top of the pendant with 2 jump rings. Every box link is hand made and joined together by hand so there are tiny areas where you can see dots of gold solder holding it all together. The back of the pendant is pillowed and constructed in 2 parts with an open porthole to allow light to shine through the amethyst enhancing its colour.
The necklace is in very, very good antique condition with signs of use and wear as expected in a well cared for 200 year old piece but nothing untoward. The amethyst is free of any real flaws, it has natural feathery inclusions on the inside and a couple very fine surface scratches under magnification, the pearls are secure in their settings and the chain flows free with no kinks.
An exquisite all original Georgian pendant drop necklace which would have perfectly suited the empire line high waisted silk gowns of the Regency period, it would have been worn long as a signature piece or one of several jewels layered and worn at the same time. More photos and a longer video can be seen on our website at
MATERIALS: 18ct yellow gold, acid tested
GEMSTONES: Presidium tested, natural amethyst, pear cut approx. 18x12mm, natural pearls 2.5mm diameter
MEASUREMENTS: : chain measures 20-1/2" (52cm) down each side (total length 41"/104cm) and 1.2mm wide. The pendant measures 1" (2.6cm) tall, 5/8" (2cm) wide and 6mm deep.
WEIGHT: 13.2 grams.
HALLMARKS: none, acid tested
DATE: Georgian/Regency circa 1810
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