A Pair of Amethyst, Topaz and Diamond Earrings
Designed in the 19th century style, composed of elongated cushion-shaped amethysts suspending a similarly cut sherry topaz and an oval-cut pink topaz respectively, accented by antique circular-cut diamonds.
Amethyst and topaz have been treasured throughout history for their superb colour, large, clear crystals and their excellent clarity. ‘Amethyst’ derives from an ancient Greek term meaning ‘sober’, as despite their grape-like colour, they were thought to protect the wearer from drunkenness. The origin of the term ‘topaz’ is slightly less clear, but is thought to be a derivation of the Sanskrit term tapas meaning ‘fire’. Together, these vibrantly colourful stones were two of the most highly prized stones of the 18th and 19th centuries, set in lavish parures and often foil-backed to match their colour and enrich their sparkle.
This pair of earrings is set with a quartet of superb amethysts and topazes, in settings which recall their 18th century pedigree, but adapted and refined to fit contemporary style, their artfully mismatched pendants brought together in a rich harmony of colour.
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