Antique brooch set with citrines and amethysts, Scottish, circa 1860.


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Antique brooch set with citrines and amethysts, Scottish, circa 1860. A yellow gold brooch set with one central round old cut citrine in an ornamental claw setting with an approximate weight of 60 carats, raised above an openwork border of beaded trellis, and framed within a circular band of gold with a stylized foliate border and set with four round old cut citrines with an approximate total weight of 12 carats, interspersed with four round old cut amethysts with an approximate total weight of 12 carats, all in claw settings, the reverse mounted with a hinged pin and scroll latch.

Amber coloured quartzes such as these, sometimes mined in Scotland, were often set into plaid brooches, or brooches used to secure traditional Highland plaid shawls at the shoulder, a form of Scottish jewellery. A large annular plaid brooch similar to the present piece can be seen in a portrait of Albert, Prince Consort by Koberwein in the Royal Collection.


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