This superb , Victorian, Scottish plaid brooch is mounted on sterling silver , tested but unmarked as most were. It is embellished with Montrose grey, striated agates and natural citrines from the Cairngorm mountains.
Queen Victoria’s acquisition of Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1848 sparked a passion for all things Scottish. Out of the romantic Scottish Highlands came a wide variety of beautiful jewellery mostly in silver but also gold ornamented with a variety of coloured agates, malachite, citrines and amethysts. Not only are these pieces truly beautiful but they are also very wearable today on a wrap or coat.
This brooch measures 2¼ " (5.4cms) across.. It weighs 23.3 grams so is very substantial. It is elegantly pierced.
Set high in the centre is a 15mm, faceted, open backed citrine, It is bezel set within a star formation of agates. The citrine from the Cairngorm Mountains is the characteristic shade of burnt orange which really sparkles . It looks wonderful against the mottled greys of the agates.
The outer ring bears triangular pieces of agate in the same mottled shades of grey . Set around it are six oval citrines, so very well matched . The silver is chased round the agates.
The back is smoothly finished with an old style c clip. There is also a ring designed to hold a safety chain.
This truly exceptional piece would look superb on a cape or shawl. It is in excellent antique condition and will arrive in a gift box.
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Victorian Scottish Montrose Agates and Cairngorm Citrines on Silver Brooch
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