I spy With My Little Eye - Victorian Sterling Silver Eye Agate Engraved Brooch (VICBR012)
I Spy With My Little Eye - Victorian Sterling Silver Eye Agate Engraved Brooch. This gorgeous brooch is crafted from sterling silver, unmarked, however tested. Featuring one large cabochon agate, engraving, and Victorian styling. The brooch boasts a beautiful eye agate with shades of brown and white. The agate is surrounded by a scalloped engraved silver border and the original silver pin and lock, which is in perfect working order. This Victorian era brooch looks fabulous on a coat, sweater, lapel or dress. Lovely collectible piece!
Agate derives its name from a river in Sicily, which the Greeks called Achates. Vast quantities of agate were discovered in this river as early as 300 B.C. During the reign of Julius Caesar, while engaged in the Gallic Wars, deposits of agate were discovered along the Nahe River in Germany.
Silver was first found in large amounts around 5000 BC, when prehistoric people dug the first copper mines. ... Large-scale silver mining had developed in Anatolia by 3000 BC. This was to meet the demand from the first ancient city states, which used the metal as a common medium of exchange.
Measurements: Brooch 40.00 mm x 40.00 mm
Stone Size: Agate 30.00 mm round
Weight: 17.60 grams
Condition: Very Good Not: One small nick on back of gem. Acceptable considering the age.
Date: Circa 1900