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Pride and Authenticity. Scottish Clan Brooch

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Pride and Authenticity. Scottish Clan Brooch
There is no tarnish or blemish on the face of this brooch. The dark area is a light reflection from the flash. Worn with pride, this authentic Scottish Clan Badge from the mid 19th century, made of sterling silver and rock crystal, identified the clan to which the wearer belonged. It was placed below the shoulder to hold the tartan shawl in place. From the time that Scottish gentry wore burlap, a piece of jewelry was part of one's clan identification. Note the wonderful silver engraving of Scottish motifs; the thistle and its scrolling leaves. Made of heavy silver, the central stone is closed backed and foiled in the color of citrine. A bit of foiling has disintegrated over the hundred plus years. This natural process is to be expected and proves the age and authenticity. It makes the antique even more beautiful and is a testament to its history. Today, a brooch such as this is a strong statement at the shoulder or on a wool shawl draped over the shoulder. Clients have begun collections of Scottish jewelry with a brooch like this and gone on to appreciate the soul and workmanship and tradition. Scottish jewelry played a large role during the reign of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. This was a monarchy that steeped itself in Scottish culture and tradition. Victoria and Albert built Balmorral Castle in Scotland. They would frequent this home, and don traditional Scottish clothing of tartan with the appropriate shoes, belt and accessories. This clan badge is in excellent condition. Measurements: 3 3/4 inches in diameter


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