This is a rare Scottish Gold and Agate bracelet. Clearly carved by a master stone worker, the blue-grey Montrose agate has been braided, carved into pyramids, backed in Aberdeen granite and linked with engraved gold. The padlock clasp contains an agate as well All work was done by the hand of a jeweler. The inside smooth stone is natural Scottish granite that has been polished to reveal its color and beauty. The advanced talent and time consuming work applied to this bracelet causes me to think it is one of a kind. The condition is flawless.
The riot of colors in the varied agates of this Victorian bracelet will surround your wrist in natural beauty. The barrel links are cylinders that have been hand cut,
bevelled and polished, then tipped with gold caps. Salmon, terra cotta, moss, rose, chocolate marbled with cream, gold and red spreckled white form the links. A banded agate heart padlock keeps the bracelet closed. This bracelet is far more lovely in person when the colors can be appreciated next to the gold and on the skin. The condition is excellent. Length is 8 1/4 in. Width is 3/4 in.
A marvelous top of the line scottish brooch is an exciting find. This example, is beautiful and functional. The pastel agates look well on clothing of every color and in every season. The foreground agates are sculpted and curved. They sit above the mottled green oval border. Only twice in 25 years have I had a brooch that included pink agate. The jeweler concentrated on the form and sculpting of the stone, along with setting it with only a trace of the silver frame apparent on the face. Although I have no photograph of the reverse, I guarantee it is perfect and original, including the pin stem and clasp. Abstract and so modern in design, this brooch defies its 19th century origins. Scotland. c. 1860-1880.
An unusual form was carved into the agates of this bracelet. I best describe the stones as elongated pyramids or abstract bows. Image 6 shows the agate forms perfectly. Click, if you will, on a close up of the bracelet and you will clearly see the rich colors of the agates. Terra Cotta stippled with greenish black, mossy agate with peach, olive with charcoal ripples, peach with bisque, and a crest shaped padlock of orange, green, tan and white are the natural shades of the stones. The central stripe of tan on the padlock is lighter in person than is represented on my computer screen.
Scottish jewelry played a large role during the reign of Queen Victorian and Prince Albert. This was a monarchy that steeped itself in Scottish culture and tradition. The pair built a castle in Scotland known as Balmorral Castle. There they would live and don traditional Scottish clothing of tartan with the appropriate shoes, belt and accessories. The beauty of the natural stones and the expertise of the stone carving was admired by the European non royals as well and gorgeous agate brooches, bracelets and earrings were designed, mostly set in silver. There are earrings still extent. We will show a pair in a few months. They are far fewer in number as misplacement and loss during the years occurred. This example of Scottish jewelry is fine. The settings are gold. All parts are made by hand of course including the stone carving and polishing. The bracelet sits in its original fitted box which shows the care it was given over the last 150 years. The imprint on the box is Millidge Jewellers, Edinburgh. The condition is superb. See Ginny Dawes and Corinne Davidov's wonderful book of Victorian Jewelry for examples of Scottish jewels of the era.The length of the bracelet is 7 5/8 inches. The height of the center part of the agate is 3/8 of an inch.
Executed in sterling silver and agate, the dauntless courage and virility known to be connected with the elk is associated with the person who wears this brooch. The able silversmith designed this piece with graphic engraving from toe to top. Flaming edges of silver meet the agate and emphasize the contextual meaning of the form over the centuries. The elk's foreleg stood for strength of the character of a person who has energy to spare, is fully directed toward reaching their goal and who will not be put off by obstacles. Native Americans and Scottish shared belief in this symbol. When we discover a piece of jewelry this unusual, we know it must have hidden meaning. We research the history and become excited and fascinated by what we discover. Certainly men and women share these personality characteristics and both genders will wear this brooch proudly. c. 1860 -1880. Condition is excellent
Hand carved, hand polished and hand set agates are showcased in seductive colors and unusual form in this brooch. This is an antique scottish brooch that gives a sense of lightness of weight and color tone making it easy to wear in all seasons. The warm curved agates are saturated with color and include for contrast a white diamond shaped center stone. The stones steal the show here, yet the silver setting is lovely, e.g. the metal joining of the raised and curved stones. Agates are flat set in the center but for the diamond. The sculptured raised stones define the the sides. All original. Excellent condition. Approx 2 1/4 in. in length and 1 5/16 in height. c. 1860 - 1880
The hand sculpted and beautifully marked agates in this Victorian brooch are rounded and smoothe as if the ocean had tossed them for ages, yet the brooch with its flowing lines and warm, rich color palette can pass for a unique piece of modern jewelry. The colors range from taupe, to mocha and cream, tiger striped gold, red-brown and caramel. The jeweler who sculpted the scottish agates had experience in his work. The agates rise from their silver setting like plumped pillows. The silver setting is barely visible. This is clearly a jewel that combines the miracle of nature and the skill of man. The form is rare. The color tones are subdued. The condition is perfect. c.1860 -1880. Size approx 2" wide, 7/8ths of an inch high.
Weaving their path in and around a sterling silver setting, Scottish agates of distinctive character and color undulate like serpents around this antique brooch. The colors, bloodstone, Montrose grey, mustard, carnelian and a mix of olive and cream are set to show each other off to perfection. The agates are varied, yet muted just enough to create harmony. It is always startling to see a jewel more than a century old in terrific condition and seemingly modern in design. In this example of Scottish jewelry art, the jeweler created the shapes of the agates to form scallops at the brooches borders. Carving stone in this manner takes expertise. This piece is completely original. Scotland c. 1860 – 1880.
Measurements: 2 1/4 in. vertical and horizontal.
Dramatic luscious gray striated agate is fantastic in combination with the three richly colored citrines in the center of this brooch. The loveknot form is symbolic of unending love. Set in sterling silver, this is frankly one of the most striking pieces of antique scottish jewelry that we own. We have not found a duplicate over the many years that we are in business. The brooch is original and in outstanding condition. It dates from 1860 - 1880. Gray agate, known as montrose agate, is rare in jewelry. The supply of the stone was small compared to other agate \varieties. The cairngorns or citrines in the center appear brighter in the photograph than they are. They are rich in color but softer in hue like fine rich honey.
These stones measure 5/8ths and 7/8th of an inch in length allowing optimal light refraction to bring out their best qualities. Gray agate is wearable with absolutely any color or fabric pattern. The brooch can be worn horizontally of vertically. Dress it up or dress it down. If you are a collector of scottish jewelry, this is a piece that will stir your passion. Measurements 2 7/16 in wide horizontally, 1 3/4 in. in height.