Scottish Oval Cabochon Cornelian Brooch
A massive bezel set Cornelian beautifully cut to exhibit the colorful striation
of deep orages to white of the stone.
The finely engraved, gold filled frame does have some spots worn down the brass.
The back shows a pin, hinge and C clasp. This brooch measures approximately 5 cm
across = 2". Weighs 22.1 DWTS = 34.4 Grams TW
Cornelian - red or orange variety of chalcedony used in Scottish jewelry.
The beautiful country of Scotland is home to an amazing array of chalcedony
quartz gemstone, also known as agate, which comes in a huge variety of colors
and patterns. It was this quality that attracted the skilled craftsmen of the
ancient past to experiment with slicing and placing them together to form
colorful mosaic patterns. This agate work was then set into metal (usually solid
silver, though occasionally solid gold too). The best antique Scottish jewelry
often shows different slices of agate which have been slotted, plaited and
polished together into patterns to almost form one stone – some jewelry even
resembled multi-colored tartan patterns.
When it came to wearing Scottish agates, it was the brooches which were the most
commonly worn as they were both beautiful and functional, holding those heavy
Victorian garments, capes and kilts in place.