Queen Victoria held balls at Balmoral and dressed in full Tartan as did most of her guests, earrings like these would have been rocked at a ball like that, along with plaids and sashes. Many of these jewels weren’t actually produced in Scotland, though, often they were made in England, in places like Birmingham, and then exported up to Scotland to be be scooped up by English tourists!
Here is a very particularly fabulous pair of ‘Scottish’ earrings, also sometimes called ‘Pebble Jewelry’ because they are often set with agate rock. This pair is set with bloodstone and carnelian gems and have brightly sparkling round faceted citrine drops. They are beautifully hand crafted and they are large enough to make a great statement; they measure 51 mm from top tot bottom and 16.7 mm across at the widest part. Together this pair weighs 7.6 grams. This pair is unmarked but has been acid tested as sterling silver.
Hand crafted, most likely in England, in about 1870.
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