Colourful Scottish agates decorate the design including four elongated agate segments and larger cabochon at the top and bottom; A reddish-brown pear shaped jaspagate rests at the top, a dark green red speckled oval shaped bloodstone at the bottom, and smaller segments in between include striated Montrose agate, bloodstone and jaspagate. Beautiful hand engraved patterns with Celtic connotations decorates the entire front silver surface, and the entire piece, including the stones, has been masterly hand made.In character with many 19th century sterling pebble pieces, no hallmarks or stamps are sighted to the piece, tests indicate sterling silver. A pin and c-loop catch attach to the back. The piece measures 6cm height x 4.50cm across. The Hunterston brooch was the first ever early medieval brooch discovered in Ayrshire, Scotland c1830. It was estimated to be made within a few decades of 700 AD is currently housed in the National Museum of Scotland.
Similar style antique Scottish brooches can be seen in the wonderful Diana Scarisbrick's book (Scottish Jewellery/A Victorian Passion), pg 82. A unique bonnie brooch with Scottish and Celtic elements wrapped into one!Natural (6) Scottish agates and jaspagates including bloodstone, and Montrose agate. Gemstones tested by a FGAA Gemmologist with professional gemmological equipment. 6.00cm height x 4.50cm across. The condition of the piece is superb. Besides normal surface wear the brooch remains in excellent condition with stones all secure and no major chips visible. Pin and clasp work well. A gorgeous 19th century treasure! This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Brooches & Pins". The seller is "beryl-lane" and is located in this country: AU. This item can be shipped worldwide.