The broch comprises a silver, hand-etched circle set around the perimeter with six highly-polished Scottish pebbles; grey, possibly Montrose agate, red agate and green hardstone. Flaring out from the bottom of the brooch are two highly-detailed thistle heads set against the typical prickly leaves and topped with two faceted glass heads in a deep amber colour to mimic citrine. Stamped on the back for sterling silver. Fastens with a straight fastening pin and traditional C-shaped clasp.
Diameter 3.2cms, weight 7.9g. Agate jewellery has been produced in Scotland for hundreds of years, as our country is the source of an amazing array of chalcedony quartz gemstone or agates, which can quite often be picked up off the beach! Brooches were most favoured as they were both beautiful and functional in holding heavy capes, cloaks and shawls in place. Her death in 1901 signalled a general decline in the popularity of Scottish agate jewellery. However, nowadays it is incredible sought after, good quality pieces commanding high prices.Please note photos are enlarged to show detail- scale can be assessed by description and photo 12. Sorry, antique box is for display only and is NOT included in the sale.
Brooch will be despatched in the modern card gift box pictured in photo 13. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Brooches & Pins". The seller is "atlantaa" and is located in this country: GB.This item can be shipped worldwide.