One of my favorite customers came to see me recently. She owns some
completely amazing pieces of jewellery - she is a great collector of
antiques from around the world and often gets me to alter, reset, etc
for her as well as make her some new pieces. She knows a lot about
gemstones and owns some huge chunks of beautiful precious and
Anyway - she came to me the other day with a new purchase. It was a
ring in an unusual and I think Russian style (clearly simply cast
from a master into a rich yellow alloy (I would guess 18ct or 20ct
gold) - yellow gold but showing age and wear in line with a ring
around about 50-100 years old at a guess. It is in a clearly Russian
style. The ring holds a huge stone (about 20mm across and very
highly facetted - very well cut actually). I thought at first it was
a spinel perhaps or even a deep pink tourmaline - but it didn’t look
quite right for either of those - more of an amethyst purple with a
sort of ‘shot’ of pinky/red through it. It is clearly a real stone
which unfortunately has a tiny chip on the surface but it is only
very shallow. Anyway - she thinks it might be a red amethyst. It is
purple with a hint of hot-pink at some angles and clearly pink with
red flashes at other angles - it is quite a sensational stone.
Does anybody know anything about red amethyst whether this could be
a possibility? I think I must get it tested for her because I am
concerned that it could be quite a valuable stone and want to check
that she has it properly insured.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for any help!