|Description: A round silver brooch with five tiers known as a Scottish Pebble Brooch. The top tier is divided into four sections by a silver cross. Each section was originally held by a triangular shaped piece of blue agate.
History: Scottish Pebble jewelry was popular from around 1840-1900 thanks in part to Queen Victoria's interest in all things Scottish. Her purchase of Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands; her insistence of all guests of the Great Exhibition Ball in 1851 to wear Scottish kilts; and her book "Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands", helped to romanticize Scotland as a popular tourist destination and influenced fashion trends.
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