With all thanks to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 1800s for her penchant for all things Scottish.
It came about in part by the Prince purchasing Balmoral Castle in 1852 as a gift to Queen Victoria. She elevated Scottish agate jewelry to a new level.
Most of the agate jewelry was created in silver. But a few pieces were constructed in gold as in these 9k earrings.
Wonderfully colorful, these are designed in two parts and set with Montrose agate (gray), bloodstone (green with brick red flecks), jasper (burnt orange) and another orange and deep black agate.
The teardrop also displays hand engraved details to the front.