Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were enthralled with Scotland since they first began to visit during the 1840s. In 1852, the royal couple purchased Balmoral Castle to act as their summer residence. Queen Victoria continued to visit the estate every year until her death in 1901. During that time, the demand for traditional Scottish jewelry became quite high. Between the colorful pebble designs made with native Scottish stones and the use of silver, this piece was very clearly made during the height of this era of Scottish inspiration. It was a time where traditional Scottish jewelry mixed with Victorian styles, inspiring themes such as Celtic knots, swords, kilts, thistles, plaid pins, and flowers.
This particular piece of Scottish is target shaped, with bold colored stone, and yet contains soft flower-like qualities. This stunning agate brooch was made during the 1870's, and features interlocking agates in a variety of unique cuts, all accented by fine hand engraving throughout. Rich in detailing, the entire brooch is in excellent condition and measures 50.7 mm across, by 20.3 mm deep at the center of the gracefully domed center. Though it bears no marks it tests as sterling silver. A rare find, this stunning Scottish brooch/pin is perfect for any collector of all things Scottish or for any lover of truly unique Victorian jewelry.
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