During her long reign Queen Victoria set the fashion by wearing jewelry fashioned from stones and agates that were found in her beloved Scotland. And with her purchase in 1847 of her Scottish castle, Balmoral, the popularity of all things Scottish soared. British examples of this sweeping fashion are to be seen in the novel written by Elizabeth Gaskell. In her novel, “Cranford” (1851), set in the Cheshire village of Knutsford, one of the characters, Miss Pole, was wearing no less than seven pebble brooches. (I’ll be watching for this myself the next time I view the BBC television production of “Cranford.”) This jewelry was often called “Scotch pebble jewelry” because the stones were often found as pebbles in rivers and along their banks.
Bloodstone is an ancient stone; not one found locally in Britain. It was used by the Greeks to ward off evil and believed to have medicinal qualities in crushed form to stop nosebleeds and help with circulation. A form of jasper, its unique coloration is primarily a dark mottled green with red “drops” or veins.
In this charming brooch are two bloodstones and three agate pieces set in a plain, deep, straight and simple silver bezel. It has been tested to be silver.
The pin and the catch are original and in good working order. At some time, there was added a silver loop so added on the top for either a safety chain or a neck chain.
The agates and the bloodstones are in excellent condition. The stones were highly polished and have a nice patina. The color of all the stones are deep and spell-binding. This is a unique and attractive piece of Victorian Scottish jewelry that can be worn on many occasions, either formal or informal. Of course, the horseshoe also serves as a traditional good luck charm.
It measures 1-1/8 inches wide as well as 1-1/8 inches high.
Victorian 19th Century Scottish Silver, Agate and Bloodstone Horseshoe Brooch
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