Queen Victoria and Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1852. The royal family spent a great deal of time at their Scottish estate and took to wearing the Royal Stuart plaid to special events. To accent her new northern attire, Victoria began collecting Scottish jewelry. Most often seen in silver, Victorian-era Scottish jewelry typically combines Celtic and natural motifs - like the famous highland thistle - with stones native to the region: granite, malachite, agate, and cairngorm. This stunning c. 1880 sterling silver bracelet is a piece of the Scottish jewelry made so fashionable by the trendsetting, tartan-clad queen. The design of this unusual, immaculate piece is influenced by the ethos of the Aesthetic Movement, a style of design famous for its use of natural themes and organic asymmetrical compositions. The bracelet features pink and green Aberdeen granite accented with an engraved Greek key design.
Sterling silver, pink and green Aberdeen granite
6.5" inner diameter, 1" shank