This exceptional, unique Scottish agate sterling brooch is circa 1850. Scottish jewelry was very popular during this period of time, as Queen Victoria frequently visited her beloved Balmoral Castle in the Highlands and personally adorned herself with the jewelry. This form of jewelry is unique to Scotland often with traditional motifs, but created entirely, laboriously, by the hand of skilled lapidaries and silversmiths.
In this example the agates, all indigenous to Scotland, were chosen for their beautiful colors, shaped and set without any visual seems. The agates appear to float within the brooch, a sophisticated, unusual design. I have never seen another with this motif in 35 years of collecting.
The agates are accented by a bold 30 carat citrine, vibrant and pristine. It its set in a graceful, raised decorative mount, simple and elegant complementing the composition. The "silver clips" around the agates are beautifully hand engraved.
The condition is superb. The reverse has a replaced, secure safety clasp. It measures a bold 2 1/4 inches round x approximately 3/4 inches in depth. Any darkening on the reverse is due to lighting, as it too is in excellent condition.
This would grace any fine collection. Wear it on a coat, sweater, cape or scarf.
Scotland, circa 1850
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