Silver Victorian Scottish Pebble Heart Brooch Pin

In the Highlands of Scotland, in 1848, Victoria and Albert purchased Balmoral Estate for a family home away from home. Queen Victoria was enthralled with Scottish design and began collecting Scottish jewelry. This fashion jewelry was often crafted with a pebbled agate design, or with enameled family tartan colors. Most were set in silver with carnelians, granite, bloodstones, jasper, moss agate, gold quartz, and enamel.

This antique Victorian Scottish pebble heart brooch was handcrafted around 1880. There is an array of pink and gray granite that forms into the shape of a heart set in silver backed with a pin. This piece measures 30.3 x 28.6 mm and it weighs 4.3 grams. It has been acid tested.

Pebble jewelry, like this brooch, had been made in Scotland for hundreds of years before the Queen made them a 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, 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.

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