Scottish Jewelry

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The beauty of Scottish jewelry remains a classic even among contemporary collections. You will see that this style of jewelry is influenced by its ancient roots, as Scotland jewelry has many forms of Celtic designs that date back to the Iron Age. The most traditional examples include brooches, pebble jewelry, and the kilt pin. This style of jewelry often includes decoration on the front and the back of each item. Usually, there are delicate designs carved into the surface as intricate markings. Scottish Celtic jewelry is rich with history and culture, where each carving and drawing tells a story. 

Traditional Scottish Jewelry

You can tell if a piece of jewelry is from Scotland because of its unique qualities. One of the tell-tale signs is the Celtic knot patterns.

This delightfully crafted style of jewelry always is embedded with natural precious and semi-precious stones or crystals. The most featured stones include jasper, agate, freshwater pearls, bloodstone, cairngorm citrine, and granite. These were often referred to as Scottish Pebbles and were set in gold or silver. It received its name because of the style of the jewelry, not because of the jewels alone. Bracelets, necklaces, and earrings often look like a string of pebbles linked together. Our curated collection often includes pebble jewelry containing moonstones, topaz, garnet, peridot, opals, and other semi-precious stones.
The brooch was one of the most popular clothing decoration forms and traditionally came in three different styles: the Luckenbooth brooch, the Penannular or Celtic brooch, and the thistle brooch. The penannular brooch is made of precious metals and was used to fasten clothes. It takes the form of an incomplete ring with a fastening pin carved with unique designs. Similar to this is the thistle brooch, which represents the thistle flower: Scotland’s national flower. The Luckenbooth brooch is heart-shaped, has a crown design, and is very ornate. It is often given as a gift for an engagement or to a lover, and many Scottish brides adorn their wedding gowns with this traditional piece from their native country. Nursing mothers often wore this brooch to help increase their milk flow for breastfeeding. Mothers often would pin it to their babies’ clothes for their protection. A Luckenbooth makes an excellent present for a bridal shower, baby shower, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day.
The kilt pin pin is often less decorative than some of its counterparts and was more used as a functional item. It helped keep a kilt in place during movement, during a ceremony, or in regular daily use. It also keeps an apron in place for a busy cook. Many people collect kilt pins and wear them the way that they would any other accessory (even if they don’t wear kilts).
You may wonder what those beautiful splashes of color are made of when you look at a large heathergem. It is often used as the center stone on fine jewelry pieces. These gems are made from the Highland heather wood of Scotland. This beautiful wood is compressed and dried, turning into many different hues and shades. The heathergem is uniquely and thoroughly Scottish and is a fine representation of the country’s culture.
You can read about the cultural background of Celtic craftwork and learn more information on traditional Scottish jewelry. Discover more about this culture as you browse a variety of designs to choose from. Celtic Crystal Design has many beautiful Scottish pieces available, so you can own or give a small piece of this fine, proud culture.