1854 Scottish Agate Bangle
An attractive, and somewhat unusual, antique bangle dating from the 1850s. Although it was hallmarked in the Birmingham assay office, it's almost certainly Scottish - set with four coloured agates panels and three faceted Cairngorm citrines. The stones, sourced in various localities around Scotland, are set in 9ct rose gold with gorgeous engraved embellishments incorporating Celtic designs.
Scottish "pebble" jewellery became popular during the 19th century, after queen Victoria bought the Balmoral estate in 1848, and took a liking to the distinctive style of jewellery. Characterised by its use of the interesting and colourful agates found throughout Scotland (the stones sourced by collectors who scoured the highlands and eastern coastlines, always on the lookout for new deposits) then cut and shaped by innovative, and highly skilled, lapidaries. The gem cutters of Edinburgh's 'New Town' produced the majority of the work, peaking in the 1870s when the number of people employed in jewellery manufacture is said to have exceeded two thousand, and the stones were usually set in silver - meaning this gold example is something of a rarity.
Era: Victorian, 1854
Inner dimensions: 5.6cm by 4.9cm
Inner circumference: 6.5 inches
Width of band: 10.5mm
Stones: Cairngorm citrine and various agates (jasper, bloodstone, etc.)
Hallmarks: Birmingham, 9ct gold, 1864
Condition: Great antique condition with light antique patina
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