A lovely antique Scottish garter brooch from the Victorian era, c1880! Also known as Scottish pebble jewelry, the circular convex brooch is crafted in sterling silver and inlaid with striking variants of jasper and agate segments, aka jaspagate! The stones originate from Scotland's eminent agate-bearing coastline in the 19th century, and the wonderfully pattered multi-coloured stone is indicative of the jaspagate from the renowned Burn Anne site in the central valley. There is also dark green & red speckled bloodstone segments, and a larger reddish orange agate segment at the top. A hand engraved silver buckle motif adorns one side of the brooch and there is a decorative repousse Fleur-de-lis design to the bottom. The charming brooch is finished with a beautiful hand engraved silver border … adding extra Victorian charm! A pin and c-loop clasp attach to the back. The brooch measures 5.40cm height 4.70cm across
A near identical brooch design can be seen in the beautifully illustrated Diana Scarisbrick "Scottish Jewellery" book, page 84.
Video of the brooch can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/MWwmQERGcCs
Scottish agate jewellery was made popular again in the nineteenth century due to Queen Victoria adorning Scottish jewellery and her frequent visits to her Scottish Castle Balmoral. For more information on Antique Scottish Jewellery head to the blog - Antique Scottish Jewellery
A wonderful piece of Scottish history! A gorgeous accessory to the scarf, lapel or wherever you desire to show it off!