One of the finest examples, this antique silver, Scottish bracelet is mid 19th century. It was designed and manufactured in Aberdeen Scotland and signed by the renowned jeweler Rettie and Sons. Rare to find antique Scottish jewelry that is signed.
Aberdeen had its own recognizable designs and use of indigenous granite. The colors of grey and pink are so mellow and blend like a fine mosaic. The pink has touches of grey so the composition is so beautiful.
Queen Victoria's frequent visits to her beloved Balmoral Castle would find her dressed in the tartans and Scottish jewels. Her children too would sport the tartan clothing. The public joined her passion and the industry grew. Most of the jewels were silver set with lovely colored agates. The Aberdeen pieces were unique, utilizing the granite in restrained minimalist designs showcasing the beauty of the stones.
This bracelet is in the form of a love knot , a popular, sentimental form of a Celtic know. This is a timeless design symbolizing eternal love.
It will fit a small- average wrist.
The condition is fine with a tiny, tiny chip in the grey granite and lines found commonly in the grey granite. Overall, the condition is remarkable. Of note, is the beautiful use of the pink granite on the back of the bracelet as well as the front. Most bracelets just have only silver on the back without the stones.
Timeless and sentimental
Scotland, circa 1850