Victorian Scottish Sterling Silver Cairngorm & Amethyst Crown Shield Brooch. A superb Cairngorm and amethyst Scottish shield brooch from the Victorian era, c1866!
The wonderful antique brooch is made of sterling silver and the design is reminiscent of one of the most romantic Scottish symbols of love; the'Luckenbooth'. Adorned at the centre is one natural Cairngorm of gorgeous orange-brown hue - the natural quartz stone native to Scotland. The estimated 5.00-carat sized Cairngorm stone rests in a fancy scalloped claw setting which is attached to the piece via looped wires from a top and bottom granule (there is slight movement due to the construction, albeit secure). The shield-profile border is decorated with cabochon amethyst and citrine gemstones, each interspaced and resting in bezel collet settings.There is a crown figure at the top of the brooch which is graced with three smaller cabochon citrine gemstones, as well as rope embellishment. A wonderful hand engraved pattern adorns the silver surface, adding further antiquity charm to this delightful Scottish brooch!
The reverse of the brooch reveals a rare Victorian'kitemark' registration mark which gives an estimate manufacturing date; year 1866, February 23rd. A pin and c-loop attaches to the back.
A nostalgic Victorian Scottish brooch. Grand in design, and would easily suit with today's fashion, whether worn on a lapel, high neck collar, or scarf! Central Cairngorm quartz faceted oval-shape measuring 12.85mm long x 9.80mm wide, 6.77mm of saturated orange brown hue, eye clean material, 5.00 carats estimated weight. Twelve round cabochon-cut mixed purple amethyst and pale yellow citrine stones, measuring 3.00mm smallest to 5.00mm largest diameter size. Britain registration'kitemark; letter "Q" (denoting 1866), letter "G" (denoting February) and "23" (denoting 23rd day of the month).14.22 grams total grams. 4.70cm (just under 2 inches) total height. The overall condition of the brooch is very good. Normal surface wear and natural patina commensurate with age is noticed (the piece can be polished if desired). Stones appear all secure and there is no damage to the settings or pin connection.
There is a small abrasion seen to the facet edge of the Cairngorm (viewed under magnification) and typical signs of general wear and tear. The pin works well with good tension. All in all, terrific for the 150+ year age!
The item "Victorian Scottish Sterling Silver Cairngorm & Amethyst Crown Shield Brooch" is in sale since Tuesday, December 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "beryl-lane" and is located in adelaide, South Australia.
This item can be shipped worldwide.