Simply one of the finest antique Scottish agate brooches I have offered for sale. It is sterling and designed as a ruffle of agates where all the stones alternate inlaid smooth agates with those that are faceted and raised raised. Scottish jewelry has long been a passion of mine and this has been in my personal collection for over 25 years.
The stones are beautifully placed for color and the setting simple and elegant to give center stage to the agates. The center is a vibrant cairngorm, from the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. All the agates are indigenous to Scotland and the composition created attests to their beauty.
Originally used for the tartans, these brooches are enjoyed by women on sweater, coats and scarves. Ralph Lauren has for many years features these on his beautiful woolens and often on the runway shows.
Each brooch is a work of art made entirely by hand with stones chosen by a lapidary, and then hand cut and placed in custom settings.
It measures 2 1/4 across x 1 3/8ths inches down.
One of a kind and timeless in appeal.
Scotland, circa 1860
Rare Antique Scottish Agate Ruffled Brooch