Scottish agate jewelry of the 19th century has a beauty unto itself. It was quite popular during the reign of Queen Victoria, when she and her children often visited her beloved Balmoral Castle in the Scotland. The Queen wore the distinctive jewelry designs and dressed her children in tartans.
Although the vast majority of traditional jewelry was designed to adorn the men's tartans, many pieces were specifically designed for the women. This particular bracelet is a fine example of the beauty of simplicity. The agates, all indigenous to Scotland and carefully chosen, were cut and set in simple sterling bezels. The accent here is on the beauty of the stones, not the silver work. Barrel shaped links alternate with square agate set links and terminate with a heart shaped padlock.. The square sections are set with four agates, that were polished and perfectly inlaid to appear seamless. This work is highly skilled and time intensive. The heart shaped padlock is set with an agate that complements the colors of the bracelet
It measures almost 8 inches in length X 5/8 across and gracefully encircles an average wrist. The condition is excellent. Scotland, circa 1860