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Victorian Jewelry: VJ202

STRIPES OF THE HIGHLAND ( Victorian Scottish Agate Jewelry Earrings ): Agate Jewelry owes its popularity to the unbridled enthusiasm for all things Scottish that swept England in the mid-1800’s. The cultural climate in Victorian England was heightened by an awakening interest in naturalism and a renewed fascination with Medieval Romanticism. Picturesque Scotland became the embodiment of those interests. Queen Victoria’s love affair with Scotland was well publicized. Following her lead, it was not long before her loyal subjects made Scotland a major tourist attraction – and the souvenirs most desired were Scottish Jewels. These Sterling Silver earrings are a rare pair of fine pierced earrings with three bands of agate, no doubt made in Edinburgh, the center of the Scottish jewelry trade. Agate is a form of quartz. The opaque jasper stripes are red and mustard, the milky white agate with green inclusions is moss agate. The bands are perfectly matched and they date to 1860-80. The edges are claw set and the silver has ornate engraving. The backs of the earrings are flat silver. I like the fact that these silver drops are larger than most of thin and tiny earrings that were abundant. Whenever I look at Scottish jewelry I hear strains of “Brigadoon” and picture Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse dancing in the heather on the hills. How much more romantic can you get??

Condition: Excellent.
Size: From the top of the drop 2” high, 1 5/8” wide, 1/4" deep.

 

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