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. This jewelry was often called “Scotch pebble jewelry” because the stones were often found as pebbles in rivers and along their banks.
This fabulous piece of Scottish agate jewelry, which dates back to the last quarter of the 19th century, has all the earmarks of a talented and gifted designer. This brooch is marked sterling silver, and it has a lot of detail in the silverwork itself. (Many similar brooches and other pieces of Scottish agate jewelry of the time were fashioned with unmarked silver.) On the back of the brooch there is a large silver pin on a hinge and that can be brought into a silver loop.
It has a series of half-moon shaped stones emanating from a large central golden amber colored, Cairngorm stone that is facet cut. (I have not had the central stone tested.) The surrounding agates are in alternating golds and greens. The central stone is held by deep claws around its circumference. These claws have a style to them as they become leaf-shaped when their ends rest over the decorative silver work around the stones.
The brooch is in excellent condition, especially for its age and type.
It measures 1-3/4 inches in diameter.
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