Celtic Luckenbooth Pendant HY 0492
Celtic Luckenbooth is known as Scotland’s “Love Jewelry.” The Irish have their Claddagh and the Scots have their Luckenbooth. This unique Scottish pendant is eloquently designed and carefully handcrafted by Hamilton & Young Jewelers and Designers on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, home of Scottish jewelers since the early 1400s. It measures approximately .75″ x 1.25″ and will be sent in an attractive jewelers presentation box with a 16″ Sterling Silver chain.
Luckenbooth is Gaelic for “locked Booth.” Through most of the 18th century, local Goldsmiths and Silversmiths made and sold their handmade jewelry in booths along the Royal Mile, taking home their tools and jewelry they did not sell at the end of the day. By the end of the 18th century, they began building tenement buildings along the Royal Mile, living upstairs and using their street level floor for their jewelry business. They could now lock the doors at night and leave their unfinished at their work-station until the next day. About the same time, a new and uniquely different design of jewelry became popular and to celebrate, they called it Luckenbooth. The design includes two intersecting hearts with a Scottish thistle which became the National Symbol. Mary Queen of Scots received a Luckenbooth brooch from the Dauphin of France whom she later married. Upon his death (natural cause of death) after three years of marriage, she returned to Scotland and later gave a Luckenbooth brooch to Lord Darnley who became her second husband. Thus the two hearts and crown on top.