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Amethysts in Fine Jewellery Auction

Posted on Rachel Littlewood's Blog

Amethysts are a very well known gem stone. It is the purple/violet variety of the mineral quartz. The colours of amethysts vary from light pink violet to a deep rich purple. Amethysts are reasonably common, making them fairly inexpensive and a widely used stone for jewellery.

The Quarterly Fine Art Sale to be held on 29th April 2014 includes two pieces of jewellery which incorporate amethyst.

The first is anearly 20th Century gold, amethyst and seed pearl heart shaped pendant (FS22/209) of openwork foliate design.


 An early 20th Century gold, amethyst and seed pearl pendant (FS22/209)

This delicate pendant is expected to fetch between £200 and £300.

The second lot is a late 19th Century gold and ammethyst necklace (FS22/210). It has eleven linked oval stones in foiled backed, cut down collet settings.


A late 19th Century gold and amethyst necklace (FS22/210)


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This article was originally published on Rachel Littlewood's Blog on Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:04:42 GMT.

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Rachel Littlewood BA(Hons)Rachel Littlewood BA(Hons)

Rachel Littlewood is a director of Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood and has responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the business.

Rachel Littlewood joined Phillips International Auctioneers in 1993, having completed a BA(Hons) degree in Art History. Her role within Phillips was as Trusts and Estates Manager, overseeing all of the probate estate work and providing a point of contact for fiduciary clients. She also catalogued the antiquarian books auctions during this time and was involved in the organisation of the Quarterly Fine Sales held at Powderham Castle (near Exeter in Devon) for several years.

Following the closure in October 2000 of the Exeter salerooms of Phillips Auctioneers, due to their restructuring plans, Rachel Littlewood and Christopher Hampton established Hampton & Littlewood Auctioneers in 2001.

Trading as Hampton & Littlewood, Rachel Littlewood catalogued and built up the antiquarian book auctions, of which there were two a year, whilst overseeing the fortnightly auctions, Maritime, Sporting and Quarterly Fine Sales, together with the company advertising and marketing.

Since Bearne's and Hampton & Littlewood merged, Rachel Littlewood has overseen the day-to-day running of the auction rooms in Okehampton Street in Exeter whilst also overseeing human resources, marketing and advertising as well as the production of all fine art catalogues.

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