Magnificent, this is the largest and heaviest antique silver granite brooch that we have ever come across!
Beautifully made the brooch showcases a very large Scottish agate granite stone banded in wavy lines. The silver frame features a braided rope trim decorated with embossed flower motifs.
The Victorians were absolutely fascinated with the natural world and these picturesque examples of Scottish agates were sought after and treasured fueled by Queen Victoria's great love and affection for Scotland and the jewelry created there. Specimen brooches, those created to showcase impressively large or beautiful agate and granite, were to become very fashionable and madly popular.
MATERIALS: 925 sterling silver (tested)
GEMSTONES: Scottish granite agate, specimen stone
DATE: 1880, Victorian
MEASUREMENTS: 2-3/4" across and 2" deep (70x50mm)
HALLMARKS: None WEIGHT: 41.3 grams
CONDITION: Excellent condition with no cracks to the stone, or wear to the silver, a heavy duty pin back in perfect working order with lots of room behind for heavy fabrics. An absolutely stupendous and commanding antique Scottish silver specimen brooch on a grand scale! Antique box not included.