Luckenbooth Pendant with Amethyst color Stone HY 0493
This lovely Luckenbooth Pendant With Amethyst Colored Stone is designed by the team at Hamilton & Young Jewelers and Designers on the famous Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Crafted using the finest British 925 Sterling Silver: 92.5% pure Silver and 7.5% pure Copper with a trace of Paladium for added strength, durability and to enhance the natural beauty of Fine British .925 sterling silver. It comes with a 16″ Sterling Silver chain and will be shipped in a quality jewelers black and gold presentation box. It measures approximately .49″ x 1.06″.
“BUITH RAW” is Scottish for “booth row.” Luckenbooth is Gaelic for ” locked booth.” The Royal Mile in Edinburgh was (and remains) the division between the “old town” below and the “new town” above. In 1480 it was lined with open stalls below upstairs living quarters in tenement buildings, where goldsmiths and silversmiths made and sold their jewelry. In 1524 the open stalls became lockable, forming the first permanent shops in Edinburgh and the “raw” eventually stretched a mile from Holyrood Palace at one end and Edinburgh Castle at the other.
“LET THEE AND ME MOST HAPPY BE.” The Luckenbooth jewelry was the most popular “LOVE TOKEN” jewelry at the time the open stalls became lockable booths. It comes in the form of a brooch, ring, or pendant and was traditionally given by the groom to be to the bride to be as a betrothal or wedding gift to be worn on their wedding day. The Luckenbooth is also known as “Mary’s Brooch” which is why the Crown is placed above the hearts. Mary, Queen of Scots was given a Luckenbooth brooch by the Dauphin of France as a gift. They were married shortly afterward. When he died, Mary returned to Scotland. She gave a Luckenbooth brooch to Lord Darnley to show her love, devotion and affection for him. Lord Darnley became her second of three husbands. Darnley was killed in an explosion.
The significance of the lovely amethyst stone comes from the common Highland practice of collecting colorful stones during walks through the hills and incorporating them in their regalia as well as in jewelry. They carried their wealth with them as they did not trust banks.
A smaller Luckenbooth brooch was often fastened to children’s clothing (girls wore it near their left hip and boys wore it half way down the left thigh) to protect them from “The Guid Folk” who were “mischievous fairies” and to keep dangerous witches and “The Evil Eye” away. Nursing mothers wore their Luckenbooth jewelry in order to keep witches from stealing their milk. It has become to the Scottish what the Claddagh is to the Irish.
The Luckenbooth has traditionally , like the Claddagh in Ireland, become a treasured family heirloom.