A lovely antique Scottish garter brooch from the Victorian era, c1880! Also known as Scottish pebble jewelry, the circular design brooch is crafted in sterling silver and inlaid with striking variants of jasper and agate segments (aka jaspagate!) The stones originate from Scotland's renowned agate-bearing coastline in the 19th century, and the wonderfully pattered multi-coloured stone is indicative of the jaspagate from the renowned Burn Anne site in the central valley. The two green segments are bloodstone, and a reddish brown lower shaped 'tab' segment and lighter reddish brown upper segment finishes the design off beautifully. The small, but very charming design has a convex profile and features an engraved silver border, along with a decorative repousse Fleur-de-lis design to the bottom. A pin and c-loop attach to the back. The brooch measures 2.80cm across.
A near identical brooch design can be seen in the beautifully illustrated Diana Scarisbrick "Scottish Jewellery" book, page 83.
Scottish agate jewellery was made popular again in the nineteenth century due to Queen Victoria adorning Scottish jewellery and her frequent visits to her Scottish Castle Balmoral. For more information on Antique Scottish Jewellery head to the blog - Antique Scottish Jewellery
A wonderful piece of Scottish history which would add a nice little accessory to the scarf, lapel or wherever you desire to show it off!