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VictorianAgate and Ground StoneBar Brooch


This striking, unusual and large bar brooch is fashioned in 14k yellow gold and dates to the mid Victorian period. The large agate slab at the center is flanked by two panels with an abstract design reminiscent of the lotus used in Egyptian Revival jewelry. The multicolored panels are not rendered in enamel or cut stone, but rather loose ground up stones with little diamond shapes filled with gold dust - all held in place by the glass top. The reverse side is stamped "Pat. Apl'd For" and holds a rectangular locket. Delightfully odd and very beautiful.


  • Materials

    14k yellow gold, agate, glass, ground gemstones and gold dust.

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Very good - obverse has a locket which is missing its glass.

  • Size

    2 7/8" wide, 7/8" at the tallest point.





RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.