Victorian Amethyst Cameo Brooch

Victorian Amethyst Cameo Brooch
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Renaisance style inspired the beautiful green and white enamel cloisonne border surrounding this high-relief classical female, handcarved in amethyst. This brooch dates to the 1880s and measures 2 1/4 inches high by just shy of 2 inches wide and 3/4 inches in thickness.
With regard to naming all jewelry from the late 19th and early 20th century jewelry using stones, metal and enamel in the colors purple, white and green 'Suffragette' Elise Zorn Karlin and Yvonne Markowitz of ASJRA (Association for the Study of Jewlery and Related Arts), both scholars in the field of jewelry, have this to say:
"Yvonne and I have had many discussions about this subject and several people I know have consulted British curators and we've all come to the same conclusion. We think it is erroneous to attribute a piece to the Suffragette Movement based on color alone. Without some sort of provenance there is just no way of knowing. First, only one of the suffragette organizations in England used those colors. And second, it was also a popular color because Alexandra loved the color
mauve...and the Suffragettes may have even followed suit when seeing Edwardian jewelry with amethyst and peridot. So in general we think they are popular Edwardian colors but not necessarily suffragette."
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Item Details

Item Details

Materials: 18 Karat Yellow Gold
Length: 2 1/4 inch
Width: 2
Height: 7/8 inch

Center Amethyst details

Cut/Shape: Carved Cut
Measurements: 40.00 x 30.00 x 15.00 mm

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