A particularly nice antique Scottish pebble brooch from the mid Victorian era, c1870! Made of sterling silver the Scottish brooch comprises of eight agate segments forming a circular floriform design within a silver frame and hardstone backing. The rich earthy tones of the agates (aka jaspagates) amalgamate beautifully and the varying segments appear to be placed strategically opposite, forming a cross. The high polished stones, all mined from the bonnie Scottish mountains in the 19th century, have been hand grinded and shaped to fit perfectly snug like a jigsaw. A brown hardstone backing, pin and c-clasp makes up the rest of the piece.
Scottish agate jewellery was made popular again in the 19th century due to Queen Victorian adorning Scottish jewellery and her frequent visits to her Scottish castle Balmoral. More information and history of antique Scottish jewellery can be read on the blog- Antique Scottish Jewellery
Video of the brooch can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/njwdOTf4o8Q
A striking piece of antique jewellery steeped with oodles of Scottish history!