Scottish inspired jewels made their way through Victorian English society like wildfire once Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, purchased Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands in 1852. At first locally made jewels were purchased by the hoards of people who followed the Royal Court to the far northern reaches of their country, but after awhile those jewels were gone and so jewelers in England began to recreate these jewels, often in very fanciful and un-Scottish motifs. They used colorful stones like agate, bloodstone, carnelian and granites native to Scotland, and shipped their wares north to Scotland to be bought up by the tourists.
These wonderful earrings are an example of Scottish jewelry that was likely made in England, they are set with lovely pink and gray Scottish agate and are fully hand crafted in sterling silver. These lovelies were made around 1890, they measure 43 mm top to bottom and 13.7 mm across and they weigh 3 grams.
These Victorian earrings are so eye-catching, they are true conversation starters, guaranteed to garner compliments.
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