This is a wonderful example of Scottish Agate jewelry as a beautiful brooch.
This vintage brooch exemplifies the traditional aesthetic of Scottish craftsmanship.
In an extraordinary shield shape and made from meticulously etched sterling silver.
The flat stones on the body consist of green and carnelian agate, while the prong set gemstones include one amethyst, and three cairngorm cabochons.
Cairngorm is the name given to a citrine quartz variety with an amber or brown color mined in the Cairngorm mountains, Scotland until the source was exhausted.
Cairngorms were used in traditional Scottish jewelry of the 19th century and were often accompanied by amethyst.
It is not unusual to find thistle shapes in Scottish jewelry carved from these stones.
Now, for the history lesson:
After the death of Prince Albert in the mid-19th century, Queen Victoria spent many of her remaining years in her favorite residence, Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
This began a demand for Scottish crafts and jewelry leading to the production of exquisite brooches like this one.
Her love of Scotland and its indigenous stones evolved into the creation of "Scottish Agate" jewelry that was (and is) wildly popular.
Now that is over:
This brooch is highly collectible and in rare, excellent condition.
Weighing 9.5 grams, the piece measures 1-1/4" tall and 1-1/2" wide.
The amethyst measures 11mm long and 8mm wide while each cairngorm measures 9mm long and 6mm wide.
This brooch is unmarked, but tests positive for sterling silver.
Item ID: 4475
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