The Secret of Berenice
The Secret of Berenice Collection
This collection celebrates the peridot, this wonderful lime-green gem and the first woman every to wear a peridot, Queen Berenice of Egypt (ca. 300 BC). But she kept it a secret….
The Secret of Berenice Necklace. A stupendous piece, eleven amethysts and ten peridots grace this exquisite necklace. A dash of Italian style in true Sassi signature.
The Secret of Berenice Drop Earrings. Truly regal earrings showcasing the finest quality amethyst drops and peridot cushion cabochons.
A real showstopper, the amethyst cabochon in the purest quality combined with six cushion cut peridots, set in a superb cocktail ring that will be the highlight of the evening.
Pectoral and Necklace of Princess Sit-hathor-yunet 1887–1878 B.C. – The Metropolitan Museum. This cloisonné pectoral is inlaid with 372 carefully cut pieces of gemstones.
Necklace with exquisite amethysts drops and peridot gemstones. The peridots are set on both sides of the prongs, so that the necklace looks perfect, always.
Queen Berenice must have fallen head over heels for this fascinating stone. Even by candle light the beautiful green colour shone as bright as during the day. This in contrast with the other green gem, the emerald, which turns dark with artificial light. Did she tell the others about it? They must have been wondering how this was possible… We think she kept it a secret, the sassy woman.
We imagined Berenice combined the warm-green peridot with an intense purple amethyst. Besides being the contrasting colour for lime-green, purple was exclusively reserved for royalty. Tyrian purple dye was costly to make for textiles, also the gem amethyst was expensive. It was once considered one of the “big five” gems alongside the diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald. The peridot became very coveted: Cleopatra’s “emeralds” were most likely peridots.
These beautiful rings come in soft lavender hues of amethyst and warm lime-green peridots, beautiful on their own or to stack with the other rings of the same collection for a perfect fit.
“The design of this collection is inspired by a Roman necklace dating from the first century. Set in the warm hues of yellow gold, the Secret of Berenice is a truly royal collection — chic, elegant and breathtakingly beautiful.”
Versatile “back to front” earrings, to be worn with two beautiful stones, a peridot & an amethyst, or just one stone, as peridot studs.
Amethyst drops are combined with a peridot and a gold bead.