Antique Scottish mlachite brooch
Antique Scottish brooch, silver mounted and backed with pin and C catch. Engraved silver borders enclose malchite hand cut stones.
The name Malachite was given to the stone, extensively mined globally, because of it‚s resemblance to the Mallow plant. Known as 'the stone of transformation' it was especially favoured by travellers. Queen Victoria loved her Scottish home at Balmoral and encouraged the small skilled industry of making Scottish jewellery, typically designed in engraved silver mounts set with polished pebbles and hard stones. Now collected but hard to find. Very good condition, made cir 1870. An important circular brooch such as this one was used to secure your plaid or tartan scarf on your shoulder. Size approx 6cms or 3ins across.
Stock number: F723.