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Victorian Scottish Agate and Granite Bracelet, Circa 1861
ABOUT THIS BRACELET
Queen Victoria was enchanted with Scottish design (in 1848, she and Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Estate in the Highlands of Scotland and built a family home there). Trendsetter that she was, Scottish jewelry became popular during her reign. This bracelet of exceptionally artful design features links of bloodstone, moss agate, jasper, and agate, backed by granite and accented with hand-engraved silver end caps. The reverse side of the centerpiece is engraved with, "Julia Paul from W.P. 15th Sept. 1861," while the stylized tulip locket that dangles below contains a small tapestry of braided hair. A precious--and pristine--piece of history. Hand fabricated in silver (clasp is 12K yellow gold), it measures just over 7 1/4 inches.