Tuesday, October 30, 2012

History of the Luckenbooth Charm from Scotland~Wedding GIFT

From our Victorian Collection....

A Long Single strand of White Freshwater Pearls with Silver wire wrapping, upon which is draped a Large Sterling Silver-plated Luckenbooth charm, cast from the original Art Nouveau Scottish piece over a century old, this lovely reproduction is hand crafted.

It is suspended from a Czechoslovakian Crystal drop. A piece with wonderful movement to catch the light and make you sparkle!

Pearls are is 30”L, pendant is 1.75" by 2.25".

History of the Luckenbooth

A luckenbooth brooch is a Scottish heart-shaped brooch. These brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts. They are typically made of silver and may be engraved or set with stones.

The name comes from the luckenbooths of Edinburghwhere jewellery and trinkets used to be sold, including this type of brooch. Luckenbooth was a Scotsword for a lockable stall or workshop. The Edinburgh booths were situated on the Royal Milenear St Giles Cathedral. They were the city's first permanent shops, going back to the 15th century, and initially housing mainly silversmiths and goldsmiths. They were demolished in 1817.

The luckenbooth brooch is a traditional Scottish love token: often given as a betrothalor weddingbrooch. It might be worn by a nursingmother as a charm to help her milk flow, and/or be pinned to a baby's clothing to protect it from harm. It was known as a witch-brooch by people using it to save children from the evil eye.

The luckenbooth brooch has motifs similar to the Claddagh ring, also using the heartand crown. Heart-shaped brooches in parts of Europe date back to late medievaltimes, but this design probably did not appear in Scotland before the 17th century.

One legend of the luckenbooth brooch is that it was a symbol of love and devotion given by Mary Queen of Scotsto Lord Darnley. Another story is that it was an engagement brooch given to her by the Dauphin of Francewhom she later married. It may feature Scottish motifs like the St. Andrew's Cross, or the thistle.

Price: $108.00

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