Agate jewelry had become popular during Queen Victoria's era. Although this is a wonderful example of Victorian agate jewelry, it is not typical of the pieces of that period. The delicate plaque in the middle of the piece with it's marcasites, a well as the end pieces, sets it apart. What I find particularly delightful is the way that the polished agate has been matched on each side. It almost makes it look as though the piece has wings.
The piece is in beautiful condition. The agate is polished to a high shine. There are no missing stones. The bezel set glass stone at the center retains it's sparkle. The clasp is a modified C-Clasp. This particular clasp was used for a very brief time around 1895. The tube hinge further helps to date it to the Victorian era. It does need some polishing on the reverse.
Like much Victorian jewelry, the piece is not marked, however it tests for Sterling Silver.
The brooch measures 2-1/4" long by 3/4" of an inch wide.
Remember when you used to play in your mother's jewelry box?
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