There is an excellent book by Ginny Redington Dawes called ‘Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures’. It has the most wonderful photographs of Victorian jewelry, and especially of Scottish pebble jewelry. When I came across this fantastic Scottish agate bow brooch on my last trip to London, I thought immediately of this book, it was like this one jumped on of one of those luxurious glossy pages.
This fantastic and brightly colored sterling silver bow was hand crafted in England around 1890. It is set with a blazing array of agates, each carefully handcut to fit this piece and set smoothly with a wonderful feel in the hand. The stones of this brooch have been carefully checked with a jewelers loupe and I don’t see any cracks or notable chips. This brooch closes with a C-catch and has an extended pin stem, as was the custom of the time. It is a sizable piece and really makes a statement on, measuring 2 inches across and 1 5/8 inches high. It weighs 15.6 grams. It is marked on the back, but it’s not easy to read, it might be a registration mark of some kind, I’ve included a photo. It has been acid tested to verify the sterling content.
Fantastic Scottish brooches don’t cross my path all that often anymore, I used to be able to find one or two each trip, but these days I consider myself lucky to find a nice ordinary one, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this extraordinarily stunning example!
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Art for Arts Sake. This was the driving idea of the Aesthetic Movement in Britain which led artist to create some of the most beautiful artwork of the western world in the years between 1860 and 1900. The idea was that things did not need have a deeper meaning to be made in a way that was pleasing to the senses, that it was okay for an object which was useful to also be beautiful, simply for the sake of beauty. It is an idea which we still hold to this day. The simple lines and motifs of Japanese art were particularly appealing to the Aesthetic artists and these motifs feature prominently in many of the designs of this era, this bangle among them.
Simple branches of cherry blossoms grace the front of this wide silver cuff bangle. The leaves are done in a greenish gold overlay and the blooms in pink gold, it also has a wonderful egg and dart like scalloped edge. This bangle is inscribed to the reverse with “To Mary, 17th Jan(uar)y. 1883.” and the inscription is bordered in a similar manner to the front engraving, making me think that this piece was likely made custom by the jeweler and inscribed by him as well, so probably it was made just before this date in 1882-3. This wonderful bangle measures 25 mm wide from top to bottom and would fit a wrist of 6.5 inches or less; it weighs 37.5 grams. Made in England of Sterling Silver.
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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!
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