Scottish agate jewelry is in a class of its own, combining the natural beauty of agate stones of many colors and the beauty of handmade silver settings. Most antique examples feature geometric designs. But here is a rare figural piece, a brooch in the shape of a butterfly. The colorful panels that make up the wings are bloodstone, gray striped agate, mottled blue-green agate, and mottled orange-red-ochre agate. The agate panels are bordered by delicately chased silver. The insect's abdomen is nicely detailed with diagonal ribbing.
Condition is excellent with age-appropriate wear. Only minor nicks to a few of the agates.
Measures just under 2 inches wide.
Pinback is a simple C-clasp, opens and closes easily. There is a loop behind the head, probably for a safety chain; a bale could be attached here to use the brooch as a pendant.
No marks but tests as silver. Early Victorian or earlier.
In Georgian and Victorian times, the butterfly was a symbol for the soul. Don't miss out on this hard-to-find figural!