Impressive and sizeable early Scottish agate pebble brooch. This is an unusual piece due to the two high-relief, pyramid shaped stones- more usually they are all set flush. The other highly-polished stones include grey banded agate and bloodstone. The metal is not marked, as was common during the period, but tests as silver. The reverse of the brooch features a traditional c-shaped clasp, a tube hinge and a very sturdy fastening pin.
These date the piece to circa 1850. Dimensions: 4.8cms diameter, weight a hefty 15.7g.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! 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. This dramatic brooch is crafted to be noticed and would look fabulous as a plaid brooch, (fastening a shawl or pashmina) or just a statement piece.
Sorry, the antique box is for display only and is not included in the sale. 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.