This gold Scottish agate bracelet is circa 1860. It is rare to find early Scottish gold jewelry as most were rendered in silver and agate. This 9k bracelet is termed a barrel, describing the barrel shape of the agates. Each agate is faceted,and fitted with hand engraved caps. The work is done by the skilled hand of a lapidary,goldsmith and engraver and is quite laborious.
Queen Victoria's passion for Scottish jewelry engaged the populace as well. Her frequent visits to Balmoral Castle had her clothed in tartans as well as her children. The industry grew with her enthusiasm and wonderful pieces of jewelry were created. Most of the jewelry was worn by the men on their tartans and was traditional in design. The bracelets,bows, and figurals were designed for the women.
Here is a chunky, almost contemporary look with beautiful colors of agates linked together and terminating in a shield shaped padlock. The padlock opens and locks to secure the bracelet and has had a small ring added if a safety chain was desired. The front of the padlock is a shield shaped agate and the reverse has the original beveled glass locket. The bracelet measures approximately 7 1/2 inches. Each agate section is approx. 1/2 wide x 1 inch long. It is beautiful and in excellent,original condition.