Very stylish, this Victorian Scottish Agate link bracelet is a great piece from the period. The alternating links are set with pretty rust and muted mustard-colored jasper and smokey-grey and grey-white agate. The top of the buckle has an additional deep green agate to set it apart from the links. The clever cutting and setting of the stones gives an artistic pattern to each link. Fine engraving on the silver is found on the tongue of the buckle’s clasp and on the borders of each link.
Local silversmiths were kept busy with the huge demand for Scottish jewelry during Queen Victorian’s reign as this jewelry was widely popular. All the engraving was hand done and followed natural themes such as flowers and leaves, along with Celtic knot motifs. Native stones from Scotland, referred to as “pebbles,” were used to create multi-hued accents and patterns in the traditional motifs. The stones were always precisely cut to create the designs, brilliantly conforming to the setting. The overall impression is a pretty and interesting mosaic.
In amazing condition, the bracelet measures approximately 6 9/16” in the interior. The links are ½” in width and 1” in length. At the widest, the top of the buckle piece measures approximately 15/16” across by 5/8.” The clasp is working nicely and the safety chain provides additional security.
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