These stunning, Victorian Scottish agate drop earrings date to circa 1870. They are mounted on unmarked sterling silver (tested).
Queen Victoria’s acquisition of Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1848 sparked a fashion for all things Scottish. Out of the romantic Scottish Highlands came a wide variety of beautiful jewellery in mostly silver but also gold ornamented with a variety of coloured agates , quartz, citrines and amethysts. Agate jewellery became a Victorian passion. Not only are these pieces truly beautiful but they are also very wearable with today’s fashions.
The earrings measure 2 ¼” (5.6cms) long from the top of the wires. They measure 1” (2.5cms) across the widest part. Together they weigh a substantial 25.8 grams.
At the top are strong, silver wires attached to a fleur de lis shaped motif It is set with an oval of dark green bloodstone with grey Montrose agate on either side. The base is finely chased. It is hinged at the back to allow the drop some movement.
The drop is composed of two, elongated horseshoe shapes . Within the delicately engraved outlines are set more slivers of agate. The smaller horseshoe moves independently and is set with black onyx. The larger horseshoe is inlaid with red jasper and bloodstone.
The backs are plain, shiny silver.
These exceptionally beautiful and very evocative earrings are in fine antique condition. The tiny marks are part of the agate - there are no chips or cracks. You could almost imagine them being worn by Queen Victoria before her beloved Albert passed away. They will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.
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Victorian Scottish Sterling Silver Agate Drop Earrings - 2¼" - 25.8 grams
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