Victorian Gothic! Hand Carved Scottish Agate Cross
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Beautifully glossy, an antique hand carved Victorian Banded Agate cross, all original and in lovely condition. Dark, almost black when held to the light there are naturally striated bands of earthy burnt siennas and paler creams.... perhaps this piece would have been worn in mourning. Circa 1870's/80's '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.'
It measures 2.5 inches lengthwise and hangs from a handmade brass bale.