Spectacular craftsmanship and the type of materials used demonstrate that this brooch was made in Scotland during the Victorian era. Using a combination of natural stones and fossils, the inlay is so precisely done that the surface is smooth, glossy and seamless. The color combination and patterning puts the design into a pinwheel whirl of movement that is enhanced by its. An artful brooch that has the substantial feel of a little sculpture in your hand.
This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, or worn infrequently. The silver has a bright patina without any dents and very little surface wear.
The inlay is intact and tight without any chips to the stones and very little surface wear. The surface of the inlay is smooth and the colors are vivid.
There is a tiny bit of cracking to the surface of a stone but the stone is still very secure. There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. The tip of the pin has wear and it is not as pointy and crisp as it would have been originally. It's possible the pin is a replacement. Secure, and original - the pin tip has dulling.
(if the piece is not marked it is tested for silver content). Antique and vintage pieces have been passed through generations, so its not often you find a piece that has be maintained in its near-original condition. Such pieces are not only higher in value, but they are also more collectible, as they carry the history of past owners but do not show it. They reveal what the piece would have looked like when it was first created, giving us an insight into a bygone era. On handmade or hand-carved jewelry.Handmade or hand-carved jewelry is valued because it is, by default, one of a kind. Unlike machine-made pieces, a handmade piece can never be replicated in the exact same way, and so they will always reveal the at-the-moment intent of the individual maker.
Often, the pieces have a distinctively visceral feel, as though you can sense the painstaking labor that went into every aspect. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria. S taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era.
When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid. When Prince Albert passed away in 1861, his death sent Victoria into a deep depression, and she mourned him for the remaining forty years of her life. _gsrx_vers_837 GS 7.0.15 (837).
The item "Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Scottish Agate Fossil Inlay LARGE Brooch Pin" is in sale since Sunday, May 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches".
The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.