Ancient civilisations used agate stones as amulets for protection against negative energies and natural disasters . The belief was that it was also a healing stone.
Agate is a variety of quartz and it has been used widely in jewellery as a semi precious stone. As it is formed by the deposition of silica from groundwater into igneous rocks it comes in variety of colours and patterns. Hard stone cameos are carved out of agate where the layers of colours allow for the carvings to have a dual tone. There is moss agate, banded agate, picture agate......the nature does create the most wonderful of art.
This Georgian brooch, hailing from England around 1800 is simple and understated in design. A 9 carat rose gold frame holds an oval agate in a pinched colet setting, typical of the Georgian jewels of the time. It is all about the unique stone with patterns so very different to the usual stripes or swirls.
It measures 1.32 by 1.0 inches and weighs 9.2 grams. It is in very good condition with one thing to note; the gold pin has a metal hinge and the side of the brooch by the pin shows a little bit of solder used there. This hinge is likely to be a replacement applied many years ago. This antique brooch has an antique repair ! :)
We love......this unusual agate jewel and wonder if the original owner used it as an amulet or were they just fascinated with the nature's work ....... you guess :)
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Georgian Agate Brooch Pin Circa 1800 9 Carat Gold