A fabulous and chunky piece from Scottish pebble jewellery, dating back to the Victorian era, c1860! Not for the faint-hearted this dramatic sterling silver bracelet is comprised of various agate and jasper links, each fashioned in an appealing barrel shape with faceted shaped sides. The stones, which were typically sourced from Scotland in the 19th century, amalgamate beautifully together in an array of patterned translucent to opaque earthy hues of reddish brown, chocolate browns, milky white, and one unique blue agate. The natural stones are set with a textured sterling silver cap each end, and there are silver jump rings connecting in-between. Adding further antiquity highland theme and signature to the bracelet is the shield-shaped padlock fastener. One side of the the padlock features four triangular-shape varied stone inlays, finished with a carving of the Saltire cross (aka Scottish flag). To the other side of the padlock reveals a glass-cover compartment and flourished hand engraved border. Upon closer examination, there doesn't appear to be anything inside the compartment. The silver is unmarked, however tests indicate sterling silver - many of these Victorian Scottish bracelets were not hallmarked.
Measuring a longer than usual length at 9" inches (23cm) long, this bracelet would suit a larger sized hand/wrist, albeit can be shortened by approx 1" inch by removing one stone link, if desired.
Scottish pebble jewellery was made popular again in the 19th century due to Queen Victoria adorning Scottish jewellery, and her frequent visits to her Scottish Castle Balmoral. For more fascinating Scottish jewellery history head to the Antique Scottish Jewellery blog.
A wonderful piece of Scottish history with beautiful all round workmanship! The bracelet would make a special addition to any collection!