Antique Victorian 1900s Scottish Aberdeen granite quadrant brooch

A magnificent Victorian Scottish granite brooch from the turn of the century. This piece fits neatly into the category of Scottish "pebble" jewelry, which was popularized by Queen Victoria and continued on-trend through the early 20th century. This piece contains indigenous pink and salt/pepper granite in alternating rectangular links. The stones - which are native to the Aberdeen area of Scotland - are cut, polished, and set in quadrants in a large oval mounting. Closed back. Charlotte Gere and Judy Rudoe write about Scottish jewelry in their book, "Jewelry in the Age of Queen Victoria:"

"Those [materials] which are incontrovertibly Scottish are the pink and grey mottled granites, quarried near Perth . . . When Harriet Beecher Stowe visited Scotland in 1853 she saw granite polishing machinery in operation."

Measurements: 26.9 grams, 2 x 1 3/4"
Era: Victorian, ca. 1890s-1900s based on the clasp style
Markings: N/A
£252.00
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