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Earrings

  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    G. & M. Crichton (makers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    gold, bloodstone, red jasper, agate

  • Museum number:

    M.55A&B-1980

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 20, shelf A, box 7 []

These studs were made by the Edinburgh jeweller, G&M Crichton who exhibited jewellery at the London Exhibition of 1872. Although their designs received some praise from critics, one commented that the "Highland shoulder-brooches..." were " extravagant in the amount of relief in the details..."

In the early years of the 19th century, the poetry and novels of Sir Walter Scott put Scotland on the tourist map. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were very fond of Scotland. Scottish pebble jewellery, already fashionable in the 18th century, became a popular souvenir. Birmingham jewellers responded to the demand, sometimes using stones from countries other than Scotland.

Physical description

Pair of earrings and a brooch, gold set with bloodstone, red jasper and agate

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (probably, made)

Date

ca. 1880 (made)

Artist/maker

G. & M. Crichton (makers)

Materials and Techniques

gold, bloodstone, red jasper, agate

Object history note

Acquired with original case (M.55C-1980) bearing the stamp of G&M Crichton, Jewellers, of Edinburgh.

Descriptive line

Scotland, Edinburgh, about 1880; made by G. & M. Crichton. Gold with bloodstone, red jasper and agate

Materials

Gold; Bloodstone; Jasper; Agate

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Scotland

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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