Antique Scottish Garter Brooch Buckle Pin Agate Silver

Pebble jewelry, like this brooch, was made in Scotland for hundreds of years before Queen Victoria made them a sizzling hot trend. They were a beautiful way to express one’s sense of self, they were also functional for securing garments. With the help of railways in the British Isles and the fact that Victoria and Albert often visited their new castle at Balmoral, tourism grew, and many visited the Highlands for its beauty and its connection with the Queen. Travelers made their way to Scotland and they brought back pebble jewelry, made with distinctive native stones and decorated with engraved designs.

This antique Scottish agate buckle brooch was handcrafted around 1890. It features an array of colored agate set in silver in the shape of a garter or buckle. It measures 53 x 60 x 13 mm and weigh 45.3 grams. There are no marks and it has been acid tested.

To the Victorians, the buckle represented eternity. A buckle wraps around itself and secures itself tightly in place. It’s strong, sturdy, and never-ending. Sometimes, a buckle, such as the one featured on this ring, is also a garter, representative of the most prestigious order in England, The Order of the Garter. It was established by King Edward III in 1348, and still holds strong today. It’s an order of chivalry, and of honor.

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Item ID: BHA20225VA

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