A gorgeous antique Aberdeen granite brooch dating back to the mid-Victorian era, year 1870! We know the exact date as the brooch bears the unique lozenge shaped registration mark to the back . The distinctive mark was used in Britain between 1842 to 1883 and was utilized to show that the design was registered, and to give a precise date of the manufacture. The pretty brooch is crafted in sterling silver, and forms the shape of a fancy quatrefoil design. Stunning Scottish Aberdeen granite segments decorate the brooch - elongated domed paisley-shape and flat fan-shape granite segments are precisely cut and inlaid into the quatrefoil design. The speckled salmon pink and gray hue's typical of the granite sourced from Aberdeen, Scotland in the 19th century, (aka "Granite City"). The centre of the brooch features a beautiful hand engraved rosette, as well the entire front silver surface is embellished with hand engraved foliate and flourishes. Adding further charm to this wonderful antique brooch is the scallop edging. A pin and 'C' clasp attaches to the back. No hallmarks are sighted to the piece, which is typical of the era and origin, a test indicates sterling silver.
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 special piece of Scottish Aberdeen history, perfect for any avid Scottish collector.