Bloodstone Thistle Bar Pin

Early 20th century thistle bar pin with bloodstone and agate


A beautiful, early 20th century sterling silver bar pin set with a central thistle in bloodstone and agate. The pin is fully hallmarked, created by J Cameron & Sons of Glasgow in the early 1920s. The pin measures just over 2 inches from tip to tip.

In the ancient world, Bloodstone (also known as heliotrope) was considered the most desirable of the Jaspers, with a deep, vibrant green surface flecked with dots of bright red. Used as a protective talisman, it was crafted into signet seals, jewelry and even decorative cups and statuary. In Scottish tradition, the bloodstone is one of the few semi-precious stones native to the country, with the best known (and most colorful) deposits found on the Isle of Rum. In addition to aquamarine and turquoise, bloodstone is birthstone for March.

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