A Scottish banded agate brooch that is from the Arts & Crafts era, c1880 near its beginning. This is a unique item in that it is both Scottish and of the Arts & Crafts design period with its etching and design. Across the brooch is a beautiful agate with various shades of brown, umber, sand, cocoa. The agate bar across the brooch is tipped in silver at both ends and bound to the brooch by two silver bands. The brooch is in excellent antique condition given its age. The closure is the old c-clasp frequently used on antique jewelry.
The lover's knot seen in jewelry design has no discernible beginning or end. It is a historical symbol in jewelry found in Celtic art, ancient Egyptian sculptures, and classical Greek jewelry. An emblem of love and constancy of the lover’s bond. It is also known as the marriage or Hercules knot and thought of as a protective amulet in Greece and Rome.
Antique Scottish Silver Banded Agate Lovers' Knot Brooch c1880