Antique Victorian Banded Agate Torpedo Drop Earrings
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An elegant pair of original Victorian Banded Agate earrings. A fabulous historic look, these antique gems are lovely quality and beautifully matched. The earthy hues of the Agate are shown to their best, capped in mellow 9ct Gold the stones have been turned to a glossy 'torpedo' shape which moves in a circular motion which catches the eye perfectly. They measures two inches from the top of the 9ct Gold earwire.
'Scottish' Jewellery became very fashionable in the mid 19th century, popularised by the visits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to Scotland and after their purchase of the Balmoral Estate in 1852.
From the Victoria and Albert Museum;
'In the early years of the 19th century, the poetry and novels of Sir Walter Scott put Scotland on the tourist map. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were very fond of Scotland. Scottish pebble jewellery, already fashionable in the 18th century, became a popular souvenir. Birmingham jewellers responded to the demand, sometimes using stones from countries other than Scotland.'