The Scots have made wonderful silver and agate jewelry for centuries. The agate jewelry, especially, has a great following by collectors. However, there are other motifs that are equally collectible, less expensive and every bit Scottish ... kilt pins and thistle jewelry.
The thistle, in the language of flowers, is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth. It has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III in the 13th century. Jewelry, coats of arms and decorative objects including the thistle in its design have been around for centuries. Today it is not only included in serious, fine jewelry, but in tourist souvenirs as well.
We have several nice thistle pins ranging in age from Victorian England to mid-century souvenirs.
|These pins are all priced at $29.00 each.|
Another long-time Scottish tradition is the wearing of the kilt. The kilt pin is a piece of jewelry that is usually worn on the lower corner of the outer apron of a kilt. Its function is to prevent the apron from falling or blowing open, by adding weight to the outer apron. It does not pin the outer apron to the inner fabric. Kilt pins are often decorated with clan symbols, national emblems or native animals and plants.
Vintages has two fantastic kilt pins. One is a traditional Victorian pin made of gilt brass and featuring a variety of symbols and amethyst glass faceted stones. The other is a more modern piece, made by the American jewelry company Trifari in the 1940s.
|Victorian gilt brass Kilt Pin ($89.00)|
|Crown Trifari 1940s Kilt Pin ($125.00)|
These pins are all available in Vintages shop in Los Gatos, as well as online in our antique selling site.