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Victorian Jewelry: VJ249

HIGHLANDS SCOTTISH CROSS ( Antique Victorian Scottish Jewelry Agate Cross Pendant ): 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”. This fine Sterling Silver Cross (c. 1860-80) is ornately engraved over all of its full rounded surface – even those of the tips of the cross are covered with fanciful leaf and floral markings. The fine inset oval agates include green bloodstone and rust carnelians. There is a Sterling Silver chain attached by on “O” ring. (It slips over your head.) I like the fact that a cross is an unusual item of Scottish antique jewelry , more scarce than the abundant target and oval inlay brooches. Whenever I look at Scottish jewelry I can hear the strains of “Brigadoon” and in my mind's eye I picture Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse dancing in the heather on the hills. A wonderful Scottish Cross full of the character and the mystery of the Highlands.

Condition: Excellent. Chain is attached.
Size: 2 3/8” high, 1 3/8” wide, 3/8" deep. Chain is 25” long.

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