A superb Cairngorm and amethyst Scottish shield brooch from the Victorian era, c1866! The wonderful antique brooch is made of sterling silver and the design is reminiscent of one of the most romantic Scottish symbols of love; the 'Luckenbooth'. Adorned at the centre is one natural Cairngorm of gorgeous orange-brown hue - the natural quartz stone native to Scotland. The estimated 5.00-carat sized Cairngorm stone rests in a fancy scalloped claw setting which is attached to the piece via looped wires from a top and bottom granule (there is slight movement due to the construction, albeit secure). The shield-profile border is decorated with cabochon amethyst and citrine gemstones, each interspaced and resting in bezel collet settings. There is a crown figure at the top of the brooch which is graced with three smaller cabochon citrine gemstones, as well as rope embellishment. A wonderful hand engraved pattern adorns the silver surface, adding further antiquity charm to this delightful Scottish brooch!
The reverse of the brooch reveals a rare Victorian 'kitemark' registration mark which gives an estimate manufacturing date; year 1866, February 23rd. A pin and c-loop attaches to the back.
A nostalgic Victorian Scottish brooch. Grand in design, and would easily suit with today's fashion, whether worn on a lapel, high neck collar, or scarf!