I was in northern Scotland, browsing the Dornock Bookshop, when I decided that six more books were enough and it was time to go. I wandered the streets, admiring the old brown stone buildings the locals think of as home. Daisy Chain Café was welcoming and warm, and the barista mentioned a few shops I might enjoy on my impulsive adventure into the Highlands. The weather was calm, warm, blue, and green, about 60 degrees with a breeze that frizzled my hair. I found a few antique shops filled with old lamps, a table I desperately wanted, and a few tchotchkes that would have looked fabulous on my mantle back home. Of course, among this fascinating bedlam of goodies, I found this. And now, so have you.
This Victorian Scottish brooch was handcrafted around 1870. It’s an antique pebble brooch in the shape of a flower crafted of malachite and Blue John agate set in silver. Blue John agate is found only in Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern, in England. It’s a blue fluorite that is sometimes called “Derbyshire spar”. It bears no marks and has been acid tested. Overall, this pin measures 71 mm north to south and 37 mm across, and it weighs 17.2 grams.
A pebble brooch like this should be worn proudly on the lapel, for the world to see, because darling, the world deserves to see it.
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