Beautiful antique rose gold and silver specimen agate brooch hailing from Scotland. This is a rectangular shape brooch featuring a large flat cut lacy moss agate stone.
The agate is transparent in places with areas of dense copper colored filaments, the inclusions look like a deep coral reef awash in rusted water. Most unusual and very attractive. T
he agate is claw set in 9ct rose gold and silver brooch mount with decorative scrollwork and beading and a heavy duty pin, a tube hinge and c-clasp.
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 agates, were to become very fashionable and madly popular.
MATERIALS: 925 sterling silver, 9ct rose gold (tested)
GEMSTONE: Moss agate DATE: 1880, Victorian
MEASUREMENTS: 2-1/4" across and 2" deep (approx. 60x50mm)
HALLMARKS: None WEIGHT: 15.7 grams
CONDITION: Excellent antique condition with no cracks to the stone, any dark areas are camera shadow. The pin back in perfect working order with lots of room behind for heavy fabrics. An absolutely gorgeous example of antique Scottish jewelry. Please note the antique box is not included in purchase.