My love of Scottish antique jewelry is based on years of understanding the complexity of labor and artistry involved in the creations. The agates are indigenous to Scotland, chosen, shaped, polished and meticulously set. A silversmith designs the simple settings used to accentuate the beauty of the stones. The stones are then set on sale which too is cut to mirror the shape of the agates. The value is purely based on the level of skill of the lapidary.
This bracelet, circa 1850, is set in sterling silver has a beautiful selection of agates, where one blends to the other as if they were destined to be used in this placement. It would have taken hours and days to create this bracelet. The curved stones alternating with square sections designed with four agates seamlessly set. Each stone was placed on slate, a laborious process used for additional protection of the stones.
The padlock is a work of art unto itself. It is designed with four agates beveled and finely set. The engraver has embellished the padlock with lovely engraving to surround the stones like a frame.
It measures 7.5 inches long and terminates with a secure padlock. Condition is superb. It is completely original.
Scotland, circa 1850
Rare Antique Scottish Agate Bracelet 19th Century