In 1848 Queen Victoria and Prince Albert leased and visited Balmoral Castle, in Scotland. They enjoyed it so much that they purchased the estate in 1852 for just over £30,000 ($45,000). When the Royal Court began following the Queen and Prince to their country estate Scottish pebble jewelry began to be highly sought after. Within just a few years most "Scottish" jewelry was being made in Birmingham, England with agates and other stones local to the British Highlands.
This fantastic and unusual banded agate bracelet is not hallmarked as to it's origin, but it is inscribed with the date '1856' and the letters 'QR & LA' (??). These agates are exquisitely carved into flowing triangular shapes. Each plaque has it's own stunning variegations in color and striation. The plaques are set with sterling silver and the bracelet clasps with a matching banded agate lock with lovely engraving on the back.
The bracelet would fit a wrist up to about 7 inches. There is one small repair on the silver work on the back of one of the plaques and a small chip out of the edge of one of the stones. The bracelet weighs 31.4 grams.
I love banded agate, the color range makes it extremely wearable, it goes well with white, black, brown and khaki, I consider it the 'neutral' of gemstones! This fantastic bracelet would make a lovely addition to any collection of Scottish pebble or banded agate jewelry!
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