These are an early Ortak Luckenbooth design in sterling silver earrings. The Luckenbooth symbol has been used in jewellery design and metal work in Scotland since the 16th century. Originally the heart-shaped Luckenbooth was given, in the 16th century, at weddings and engagements as a token of love. From the 18th century onwards they were worn to protect against evil spirits. The name comes from the locking booths or small shops, a feature of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.
Ortak was founded by local man Malcolm Gray, who originally took up silver craft as a hobby and ran the business from a shed in his garden over 60 years ago. Ortak’s modern workshop is situated in the City & Royal Burgh of Kirkwall in the beautiful Orkney Islands off the coast of Scotland.
Malcolm Gray first used the Luckenbooth symbol in his designs in 1976. The butterfly backs to the earrings are stamped 925 for sterling silver and have the circular Ortak stamp. The earrings are complete with the original Ortak box.
Dimensions : the earrings are 1/2 inch high x 5/16 inch across ; weight is 1.3 grams. Condition of the earrings is excellent. The box has very gentle vintage wear.
Fine and unusual vintage silver earrings from the Orkney islands.
If you were the pending buyer of this item, go to My Account to view, track and check payment for this item.
Vintage Scotland Ortak Sterling Luckenbooth Earrings ~ Malcolm Gray
$77 USD SOLD