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In Scotland, the thistle is the national symbol, it stands for pain, protection, and pride. There is a legend that is based in the 13th century in which the Norse King’s soldiers invade a Scottish Coastal town. This Viking King plotted to sneak slyly in on the Scottish Clansmen and Highlanders, while they slept. They chose to go barefoot. One of the soldiers stepped on a native thistle and cried out in pain. His scream was so loud it woke the Scots and thus the battle began prematurely, leaving the Scots victorious. How factual this myth is, is up to interpretation; but around this time period, the thistle became a symbol of national pride in Scotland.
This wonderful Scottish brooch is set with an array of richly colored agates in shades of reds, yellows, oranges and grays which form a traditional Garter motif. The center of the brooch features a detailed silver thistle with one Amethyst and two Citrine faceted thistle flowers. This early example of Scottish jewelry was probably made around 1850-1860 and it has a small clip at the top, probably meant to hold a safety chain originally, it can now be used to hang this large brooch on a sturdy chain. The back of this piece is engraved with the initials EW in curvy script. There is a small repair to the back where a new ‘C’ clasp was put on. The brooch measures 60.3 mm north to south and 51 mm across and it weighs 31.4 grams. There are no hallmarks and we’ve tested it as sterling silver.
When the Castle at Balmoral was completed in 1856, the entourage of the Royal family flocked to Scotland. They dressed themselves in tartans and plaids, pinned with brooches set with agates, amethysts and citrines, brooches like this magnificent beauty.
I offer a 3 or 4 payment layaway on most items purchased for full retail price, please inquire if you are interested in setting up a layaway. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.
I always want you to be happy with every aspect of your purchase. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!
She woke up to a rustic, metallic autumn morning. Coffee. It's always time for more coffee. And a good book. Coffee and Hemingway.
Sigh. It's the simple things.
Walking her chocolate lab, Minnie. Jumping with her galoshes in crunchy piles of orange and brown leaves. Watching the cloud shapes morph as they pass over the lake. More coffee.
And rings like this one. Solid, simple, sparkling in the autumn morning sun. Flashing with each throw of a beloved tennis ball.
This Victorian 18k gold diamond buckle ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England in 1873. There are two old cut diamonds adorning this ring, totaling .3 carats total weight. Inside the shank there are various hallmarks-a crown (England), the number 18 (gold), and anchor (Birmingham), the letter y (1875), and a maker's mark that reads, 'CyBs’, for the goldsmith firm of Coley Brothers. The band is 6.5 mm wide, and 1.5 mm thick. This piece has been professionally acid tested to ensure 18k gold. This ring is a size 8 and weighs 9.3 grams.
Buckle rings signify commitment and strong relationships. I promise you won't have any trouble committing to this stunning ring.
I offer layaway on most items purchased for full retail price. In general my layaway terms are 1/3 down and 1/3 in 30 days and the last 1/3 in 60 days. I am flexible so if you are interested please ask me and we can work out a payment plan that suits you. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.
I always want you to be delighted with every aspect of your purchase. If you are not completely satisfied for any reason simply let me know and we'll work together to get the item returned for a full refund. I guarantee that my pictures and descriptions are as accurate as possible. My goal is to exceed your best expectations!