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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first visited Scotland in 1842. They were so taken with the countryside that in 1848 they acquired Balmoral and proceeded to build the famous royal estate that the Windsors frequent today. The queen said of Balmoral that: "All seemed to breathe freedom and peace, and to make one forget the world and its sad turmoils. She and Albert spent a significant amount of time at Balmoral throughout their marriage. After Albert's death in 1861, Victoria spent increasingly long periods in Scotland until her own death in 1901. Tied to her love of Scotland was her love of it's jewellery, typically made of sterling silver and native stones such as malachite, cairngorm and agate. The queen set the tone for fashion and, thanks to her enthusiasm, Scottish jewellery and dress became very fashionable in the later 1800's. This c. 1870 bracelet is composed of links exquisitely chased with a floral design and inset with malachite cabochons. The pear-shaped green stones are cleverly attached by hinges in order to give the bracelet better movement and the ability to curve to perfectly fit the wrist. Materials: silver, malachite. Age: c. 1860. Condition: Excellent. Size: 7.5" length, links measure 5/8" at the widest point. Colour: metallic

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