SOLD: Victorian carved banded agate gold shell brooch, circa 1870


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Shells are a charming motif in mid 19th century jewellery design. Here a master stone carver has taken a piece of banded agate and fashioned it to look like the kind of cockle shell one might find on a beach – until a closer look reveals a translucency and shiny finish not found in nature.

The 15-carat yellow gold surround echoes the shell shape and is embellished with an inner border of scallops and darts.

A locket compartment on the reverse appears to contain silk-like material … but close scrutiny reveals very finely woven hair.

Truly this is a work of art from about 1870, in near-new condition.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold
• Set with a banded agate hand carved in the shape of a cockle shell
• Approximately 3.8cm (1 1/2 inches) wide, 3cm (almost 1 1/4 inches) long
• Weight is 12.3 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other antique jewellery is for sale separately (some has sold) – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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