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 handsome brooch is designed with a series of half-moon agate stones surrounding a large oval agate in the center. All are set in a silver backing with heavily engraved designs around each agate. Although not marked, it has been tested as silver.
There is much attention to detail in this late-19th century brooch, giving it a classic sense of design for its diminutive size.
It is in very good condition for its age and type. One of the stones has an imperfection. It has a steel pin bar across the back attached to a good working hinge. The clasp keeps the bar secure and tight. It is exactly the type of Victorian agate brooch that can be worn on lapels, cuffs, pockets and buttonhole shirt tabs, as well as a scarf pin.
It measures 1-1/4 inches wide by 1 inch high.
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