The birthstone for the month of February, amethyst has been considered a prized gem for centuries.
A favorite among royals, bishops and saints, the word amethyst derives from the Greek word amethustos, meaning sober. It was said that wearing amethyst could prevent a person from getting excessively drunk and would keep the wearer's mind still and sober.
Throughout history, amethyst was thought to have many different attributes -- all of them good -- including controlling evil thoughts, strengthen intelligence, protect from contagious diseases, encourage calm, bravery and contemplation and to bring forth the highest and purest aspirations of human kind.
This exquisite 14k gold ring features a claw set oval cut amethyst measuring approximately 2.8 carats in the most beautiful shade of royal purple. Engraved into the center of the stone is a delicate ivy leaf inlaid in gold and set with three rose cut diamonds.
In the Victorian era, ivy symbolized marriage, fidelity, friendship and affection, making this the perfect ring to present to your betrothed or to a dear friend.
Inlaid amethyst rings were popular in the late 1800s. However, most of them were engraved with a rose of Sharon -- another popular symbol of love. The ivy symbolism on this ring is quite rare and unique.
Date: 1880s Materials: 14k gold, amethyst, rose cut diamonds Size: 6.75 Markings: 14 Condition: Very Good Ring has minor surface scratches consistent with age and wear and is slightly out of round. Amethyst has light surface scratches. The gold inlay is missing in the tip of the ivy stem.