Alice’s Garden (natural amethyst, mother of pearl, rubies, tourmalines, sterling silver and golden silver)
This unique piece – designed and handmade by Pestelli Creazioni – has a base made with a wonderful specimen of natural amethyst. In this fantastic garden of Alice, full of precious stones, above the amethyst we have placed flowers in silver and golden silver with a mother-of-pearl face admired by a small frog.
Measures: 21 x 18 x h20 cm
Amethyst is one of the most beautiful stones in the crystalline quartz group. Legend has it that it was created by the god of wine: Dionysius for the ancient Greeks and Bacchus for the ancient Romans. The story speaks of Dionysus, who wanted the young Amethyst, and Artemis, who to save her from him turned her into transparent crystal. Dionysus got angry and threw his glass of red wine on the crystal which colored and became the stone we know. Legends attribute many supernatural forces to Amethyst, including the power to heal ailments. Leonardo da Vinci wrote that the Amethyst was able to drive away bad thoughts and heighten intelligence, while Pliny the Elder claimed it was an amulet against witchcraft and a talisman for those who present pleas. Long before the Roman emperors adopted the vivid purple, called “toga picta”, it was Pharaohs, Queens and Kings who made Amethyst a powerful symbol of sovereignty. From Cleopatra’s seal to Queen Charlotte’s Amethyst necklace, the Amethyst has always been linked to power. It is therefore not surprising that this gem was much loved even in the Middle Ages by the Catholic clergy. Believing that it favored celibacy, it immediately became known as the “papal stone” and even today the bishops wear Amethyst rings on their finger.
Handmade in Florence, Italy