Lot 150: An Important Royal Amethyst & Diamond Cross
February 28, 2013
Scottsdale, AZ, USALive Auction
Description: Passed down purportedly by descendants of the Austrian Habsburg's, this cross measures 7.25 by 5.25 inches and features stunning Amethyst in a hand worked white gold frame and adorned by mine cut diamonds. Original period presentation box has protected for many years. One Antique Diamond and Amethyst Cross, set with forty-eight mine-cut diamonds, pale pink color, semi-included, weighing approx. 2.5 carats. Set with fifty-two square-cut amethysts that weight approx. 106 carats total weight, medium fine purple color, little to no zoning, with one large center amethyst weighing approx. 12 carats, medium fine purple color. The cross is fashioned in 18k white gold, 18k yellow gold, silver gilt and, most likely, platinum. The amethyst and diamond cross was fashioned in 1789 and belonged to the Royal Austrian Family at that time. Because of the strong ties with Pius VI, they asked that he bless this cross and each pope from that time on placed their blessing on it.