After years of digging into the history of Scotland and its arts we have become more and more intrigued by the hundreds or thousands of examples of Scottish jewelry craze. Blame it on Queen Victoria and the Romantic Movement.
Here is another example of traditional pebble jewelry that was based on the type of folk designs. it is one of the well-known shapes seen frequently. With the combination of blood stones in the outer ring, we have a raised cross in the center. The center of the brooch features the pale grey agates (Montrose) set in triangular shapes. All pieces are set in sterling silver that is unmarked but tested. The four "orange" stones complete the design. These are often referred to as cairngorms and are held securely in the mountings. Their color is unusual and testing cannot guarantee them to be natural citrenes.
The brooch measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter and weighs 13.5 grams. The "T" pin and "C" clasp are original. The odd coloration of some of the agates gives the appearance of missing points. However, the agates are all there and held securely in the mounting.