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Antique Rare Victorian Scottish Agate Shell Brooch

$2,600

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It is hard for a layman to imagine cutting and smoothing natural agate into swirling, shining shapes of beautiful color and patterns as you see in this Agate Sterling Tulip Shell brooch from Scotland. To accomplish this art takes a master jeweler who has the talent of a gem cutter. This is one of few shell form brooches made and they are scarce after 160 years. Each is singular with no two pieces of agate alike. This piece takes the prize. Notice the sliver of curved pure white agate riding the back of the medium brown. Our brooch is abundant with pastel colors of mustard, rose, pink, brown, beige, and white with every stone showing unique bands, stripes and colors. Pastel tones can be worn with every color, year round. Scottish Agate jewelry is historic. Hundreds of years ago, each clan had an identifying form which was worn on their tartan shawl or kilt. When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert built their Balmoral castle in Scotland, they donned Scottish attire. The jewelry genre became a la mode. It brought jewelry to the tourists who collected madly but also to higher markets for artistic pieces. This brooch falls into that later category. It is a treasure. 2 5/8 wide, 1 3/8 high

Details

  • Metal
    Sterling Silver
  • Stone
    Agate
  • Weight
    29.5 g
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.38 in. (35.06 mm)Width: 2.63 in. (66.81 mm)
  • Style
    Victorian
  • Place of Origin
    Scotland
  • Period
    1870-1879
  • Date of Manufacture
    1860-80
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: #41131stDibs: LU329109282

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    Free Express Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 4-5 days, excluding production time.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Stamford, CT
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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