From our European Collection....
A delicate strand of Ivory Pearls embellished with Black Crystals, upon which is suspended a Bronze 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 Rhinestone drop. A piece with wonderful movement to catch the light and make you sparkle!
Necklace is 18”L, pendant is .75" by 1".
(Also available in Silver)
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 Edinburgh where 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 betrothal or wedding brooch. It might be worn by a nursing mother 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 heart and crown. Heart-shaped brooches in parts of Europe date back to late medieval times, 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 Scots to Lord Darnley. Another story is that it was an engagement brooch given to her by the Dauphin of France whom she later married. It may feature Scottish motifs like the St. Andrew's Cross, or the thistle.