This is another fine piece of Scottish agate jewellery which I have in my Iconic Edinburgh online store
This brooch looks back to Victorian originals for inspiration - and it was only when I did a check on the date letter on the hallmark that I was surprised to see that this antique-style brooch actually dates to the 1950s - mind you the brooch still has a bit of age to it - now nearly 70 years old.
There is a hallmark on the back - for Glasgow 1952 - and a maker's mark for the Ward Brothers who were based at Branston Street in Birmingham.
This is a lovely brooch - and the colours of all the polished agates are nice and vibrant. There are four oval stones - a dark mustard one, moss agate green, an ox-blood agate and a dark emerald one - there are similar colours on the baton shapes issuing from the centre which form a St Andrews Cross shape. A large purple stone sits on four silver claws in the centre - I think given the quality in making - that this is probably a dark amethyst.
A nice thick silver backing on the stones - similar to that featured on older Victorian examples.
A nice sturdy pin and closed ring clasp - all in good condition.