The Crescent & Star Kilt Pin features Victorian-era agate, bloodstone and citrine set in a sterling silver kilt pin with an intricate, crescent and six-pointed star design
The Crescent & Star Kilt Pin features Victorian-era agate, bloodstone and citrine set in a sterling silver kilt pin with an intricate, crescent and six-pointed star design. The piece is unhallmarked, which is not unusual for locally made pins of this era. The pin measures approximately 1.25 inches across. A truly unique treasure, unlike any other pin we’ve collected before.
The crescent and star combination is one that appears as early as the Byzantine empire. In subsequent centuries, the symbol (sometimes redrawn as a crescent moon and blazing sun) was an emblem of the Ottoman Empire and, later, some groups associated with the Crusades. In the Victorian era, the symbol represented select secret fraternal organizations. It remains a rare sight in Scottish history and silver work.
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 appears in 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.
Material: Scottish agate, bloodstone, citrine, sterling silver (.925 silver)
Era: Mid-Victorian (estimated)
Artist: Unknown (unhallmarked)
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