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Luckenbooth Sterling Silver Queen Mary Design Charm

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  • Luckenbooth Sterling Silver Queen Mary Design Charm
    Product Code (SKU): CHM-LQM-SS
    $50.00
    This design features a more modern Luckenbooth motifs, "Art Deco Design" representing the dedication to that special other. This heart is surmounted by a crown representing loyalty to Scotland and Scotland's crown.

This design features a Luckenbooth motifs,  representing the dedication to that special other. This heart is surmounted by a crown representing loyalty to Scotland and Scotland’s crown.

This beautiful modern charm measures 1 3/8" high by 1" wide. A nice medium size.. noticeable but intricate and elegant.

This item is also available in 10K and 14K Yellow and White Gold - prices change due to the variation in gold prices from day to day

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 This handcrafted Luckenbooth Art Deco Design Charm will become a family treasure that will last through the ages!

Perfect for any occasion. This is a gift that will be proudly worn by any member of your family.

This item is made in North Vancouver Canada and will be sent from there.  Please allow up to 20 days for your item to arrive.

HISTORY OF SCOTLAND’S LUCKENBOOTHS

During the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries there were two main styles of brooch in Scotland; one was the ring brooch, often with incised decoration, and used to fasten plaids by both men and women. This design was called a Pennanular.  The other brooch was a heart shaped one, often given at weddings and engagements as a token of love.

From the eighteenth century onwards, small plain heart shaped brooch were worn to protect against evil spirits, the evil eye or the attention of the sithean (fairy spirits). These are the famous “Luckenbooth brooch”. 

The name for the  Luckenbooth came from there being sold in locked booths. These were small shops, which were in fact very tiny and could be securely locked at night and were a feature of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.  These brooches were heart shaped surmounted by a crown and usually made of silver.

The first Luckenbooth brooch date from the late seventh century. This traditional gift was given by a man to his sweetheart on their betrothal. It was considered a lucky charm, protecting the wearer against the evil eye. Among other powers the Luckenbooth was supposed to have, was in easing the pain at childbirth and ensuring a good flow of breast milk when it was pinned to a woman’s petticoats near her left thigh. If pinned to the baby’s shawl, it would protect the child from being stolen by fairies.

During the XVIII and XIX centuries the Luckenbooth became larger and more elaborate with inscriptions on the back such as biblical references or the initials of the couple and the date of their betrothal.

From 1850 onwards, the intertwined hearts were made to resemble the letter M. These came to be called Mary’s brooch or even Queen Mary’s brooch for Mary Queen of Scots’ whose husband, Lord Darnley, had given her one.

Most Luckenbooth brooches today are in the form of two hearts topped by a crown


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