Antique Victorian Scottish pebble brooch from the late 1800s with engraved sterling silver, classic green and red speckled bloodstones, orange jasper, and four rather large faceted paste "citrines" embellished wreath design. No hallmarks which is typical of jewelry from this era but the metal tests for 925 silver. Size: 1-7/8" x 1-3/5" (approximately 4.8 cm x 4 cm).
Pebble jewelry refers to jewelry set with polished gemstones found in Scotland. Polished agate and granite were cut into shapes and set in mosaic patterns in silver (occasionally gold) jewelry, often using many colors in one piece. Genuine antique pebble jewelry is always one of a kind. This jewelry came into fashion after Queen Victoria bought the Balmoral Castle estate in 1848. I have gone out of my way to photograph the paste (faux) citrines because they are unusually well made and convincingly citrine-like with color variations in the glass and skillfully faceted.
Antique paste stones, glass made to look like gemstones through various techniques, can be considered works of art unto themselves. The finished product was often more vibrant and decorative than genuine stones, as is the case here. All stones are solidly set and the original C clasp is in good working order. Antique merchandise may have some degree of visible wear and/or patina. This is considered quite normal and can be a part of the overall appeal and charm.
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My jewelry items arrive attractively packaged and ready for gifting. The item "Victorian Scottish Agate Bloodstone Sterling Silver Paste Citrine Antique c1890" is in sale since Saturday, February 27, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "the-blue-billie" and is located in Port Orchard, Washington.This item can be shipped worldwide.