A Victorian oval amethyst brooch and a Victorian gilt metal brooch, the first set with an oval mixed-cut amethyst, within a shaped panel surround with applied wirework decoration, mounted in yellow gold; the second a gilt metal boss brooch with applied foliate detail, four pink paste highlights and a graduated fringe of bead-link drops below, first brooch length 36mm. £260-300
The amethyst is very bright and lively, clean and an attractive lightish mid purple colour, with minimal wear. The mount has just slight tarnish around the edges, and the brooch fitting has been replaced to the reverse (solder evident only when viewed from the back). Amethyst measures 21mm x 16mm. Gross weight of brooch 10gm The second brooch is quite light weight, but shows only slight wear to the gilding, one tassel drop from fringe is lacking. Diameter 34mm. Gross weight 15gm.