A special Aberdeen granite piece dating back to the mid-Victorian era, year 1875! We know the exact date as the piece bears the unique lozenge shaped registration mark to the back. The distinctive mark was implemented in Britain between 1842 to 1883 to show that the design was registered, and to give a precise date of the manufacture. This three-dimensional piece is crafted in sterling silver, and forms the shape of the cross pattée with an applied shield motif. Solid Aberdeen granite segments have been meticulously shaped and inlaid into the four cross sections and the shield. The speckled salmon pink and gray hue's are typical of the granite sourced from Aberdeen, Scotland in the 19th century, and otherwise known as the "Granite City". The granite segments are bordered with a hand engraved zig-zag pattern, completing the piece beautifully. A pin and 'C' clasp attaches to the back, as well as a sterling-stamped ring, allowing the piece to be worn as a pendant or brooch.
This exact same design can be seen in the Scottish Jewellery 'A Victorian Passion' book by Diana Scarisbrick, page 60.
Scottish pebble jewellery was made popular again in the 19th century due to Queen Victoria adorning Scottish jewellery, and her frequent visits to her Scottish Castle Balmoral. For more fascinating Scottish jewellery history head to the Antique Scottish Jewellery blog
A special piece of Scottish Aberdeen history, perfect for any avid Scottish collector.