This delightful, Victorian, Scottish belt pin dates to circa 1880. It is mounted on sterling silver (unsigned but tested) and set with malachite. Malachite was a popular stone in Victorian times. It is not native to Scotland but was imported from Siberia via Germany. The lovely shades of green contrast perfectly with the silver.
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 mostly in silver but also gold ornamented with a variety of coloured agates, malachite, quartz amethysts. Not only are these pieces truly beautiful but they are also very wearable with today’s fashions.
This pin measures 1 and 3/16” (3.1cms) across so is quite compact. It weighs 9.5grams.
Across the brooch is draped a belt, with fine engraving. It threads through a loop, also engraved and set with malachite. The Victorians loved sentimentality and this configuration means ‘I am joined to you’. The outer circle is engraved and infilled with deep green malachite. The malachite is attractively mottled.
The silver is of rounded, hollow construction. There is an old style c clip and pin. There is a ring attached probably to attach a safety pin. I am not sure whether it is robust enough to hold a chain but it could easily be replaced with a stronger one.
It is in fine , antique condition. All the malachite is intact with no cracks. This enchanting piece of Scottish jewellery will arrive carefully presented in a gift box. I know that the new owner will be delighted!
I am offering a number of lovely, Scottish pieces with more to come. Please take a look.
Scottish Victorian Silver Malachite Belt Pin
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