A highly unusual and quite large antique Scottish brooch showcasing a dramatic scenic moss/lace agate stone.
The brooch is crafted in sterling silver and gold. It has a silver frame at the back with gold beads and scrolls decorating the front at the top and bottom. 2 tiny gold flowers accent the sides and triple gold claws decorate each corner. It features a large cabochon cut rectangular agate. The agate is transparent and densely packed in rust coloured lacy filaments. This distinctive specimen stone evokes the colour and craggy textures of the wild Scottish moorlands perfectly.
Open at the back to allow the passage of light through and add even more drama to the unique stone it has a c-clasp, tubular hinge, and heavy duty pin stem.
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. She set a fashion trend for this Scottish "pebble" jewellery which became highly collectable and it still remains that way today!
MATERIALS: sterling silver, 9ct gold, acid tested
GEMSTONE: scenic moss/lacy agate
DATE: 1870, Victorian
MEASUREMENTS: 2-1/4" (6cm) across and 2" (5cm) top to bottom
WEIGHT: 15.7 grams
CONDITION: very, very good condition showing light wear and signs of age as expected in an antique piece. Minor loss to the decorative claws at the corners which isn't particularly noticeable nor does it affect wear, the stone, which is free of any damage, is secure in the mount and won't fall out. An absolutely fabulous example of antique Scottish jewelry.
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