These rare and exquisite Victorian Scottish agate drop earrings date to circa 1860-1870. They are mounted on unmarked sterling silver (tested).
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 earrings measure 2 and 11/16” (6.8cms) long. The top is 8mms across and the drop 12mms across the widest part. Together they weigh 17.2 grams.
At the top are strong, silver wires attached to a star shaped motif It is set with a square of green agate with a fine line engraved surround. At the base is a ring from which hangs the drop.
The drop is narrow at the top and then fans out like a teardrop. They are set with geometrically shaped agates - pale and charcoal grey with mottled red between them. The surround is finely chased and the drops are finished with five silver balls. The fact that the agates are brilliantly harmonised but , of course, not a complete match adds to their allure and originality. You will never find another pair just like these.
The backs are plain, shiny silver.
These exceptionally beautiful earrings are in fine antique condition. They will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.
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Scottish Victorian Sterling Silver and Agates Long Drop Earrings