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Victorian Jewelry: VJ092

AGATE BUTTERFLIES ( Victorian Jewelry Antique Scottish Brooch ): When Queen Victoria purchased Balmoral - a castle in Scotland - in 1848, the seal of approval was set on all things Scottish. The heart of English society was entirely captivated by the subtle color of moss and heather, the mystery of high grey castle walls and the strict heraldry which still rules the clans. This large Victorian Agate Scottish Brooch is set with a central stone that has undulating bands of caramel, grey and white. (c. 1860-80) The outer border is framed in shield shapes and fanciful 2-color “butterflies”. The colors are shades of rust, caramel and dark green – with a touch of Montrose grey agate tossed in. The heavy silver setting and clasp are all original. This wonderful brooch is a flurry of textures and colors – what the American Indians would call an “eye dazzler”. Condition: Excellent. A few tiny bites to the border agates. Size: 2 1/8” high, 2 1/2” wide, 3/8” deep. The central agate is 1 1/8” high, 1 3/8” wide.

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