This quite exceptional Victorian Scottish agate and gemstone brooch is mounted on unmarked 9 carat gold (tested). It bears a Victorian registration mark which dates it very precisely to 1867.
Queen Victoria’s acquisition of Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1848 sparked a fashion for all things Scottish. Out of the romantic Scottish Highlands came a wide variety of beautiful jewellery in mostly silver but also gold ornamented with a variety of coloured agates , quartz, citrines and amethysts. Agate jewellery became a Victorian passion. Not only are these pieces truly beautiful but they are also very wearable with today’s fashions.
The diamond shaped brooch measures 2 and 1/16” (5.3cms) by 1 and 9/16” (4cms). It weighs 13.9 grams.
On each corner is a diamond shape, delicately engraved and bezel set with a faceted, violet amethyst. In the centre is a large , cairngorm citrine, typically found in the Scottish highlands. It measures 19mms across, is open backed elegantly claw set. Between the amethysts are bands of red jasper and dark green bloodstone agates.
On the back is a very solid old style c clasp. There is a tiny ring to which you could attach a safety pin if desired.
On one edge you will see the Victorian registration mark ‘Rd’. The ‘1’ at the top is the class which is for all kinds of metal. The letter ‘T’ is for the year 1867. On the left the ‘H’ is for the month of August and the right ‘6’ for the sixth day. So the date of registration is 6th August 1867. The ‘6’ at the base is the parcel number.
This outstandingly beautiful and very rare brooch is in excellent antique condition. It will arrive in a gift box.
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Victorian 1867 Scottish 9k Gold Cairngorm Amethysts and Agate Brooch
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