Scottish Luckenbooth Ring with Amethyst Colored Stone HY 0669
Luckenbooths are one of the oldest and most distinctive traditional Scottish ( strongly associated with Edinburgh) jewelry designs. Our Luckenbooth jewelry is designed and handcrafted in Scotland by skilled Scottish craftsmen using the finest British .925 sterling silver pure first-run silver, pure first run copper and palladium which is a member of the platinum family of precious metals. No recycled metals or nickel are used, so it is non-allergenic. Available in sizes: 6,7,8 and 9. Please include your required ring size with your order.
The unique Luckenbooth ring with an Amethyst colored stone is about as Scottish as you can get. It was carefully researched and crafted in the finest British 925 Sterling Silver by Hamilton & Young Designers and Jewelers on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. The Royal Mile has been home for goldsmiths and silversmiths since the 15th Century. During the earlier years, jewelers made and sold their jewelry in stalls along the Royal Mile, taking their unsold wares and tools home every night. By the late 18th century, multiple storied tenement buildings replaced the stalls with “lockable” workshops at street level and living quarters upstairs. This became the forefront of the modern store in which the front door could be locked and unlocked in the morning. Luckenbooth is Gaelic for “locked booth.”
The popular Scottish ” love ” jewelry of the day was called Luckenbooth, with the two interlocking hearts. Mary was only 6 days old when her father passed away. Because of her age, she was sent to France and her throne was to be managed for her. While residing in France, the Daphne Of France, whom she later married, presented her with a Luckenbooth brooch to show his love and devotion for her. When he passed away (natural causes), Mary returned to Scotland and later gave a Luckenbooth to her favorite suiter, Lord Darnly, who eventually became her second husband. Unfortunately, Lord Darnly was killed in an explosion (thought to be an assassination) and she married her third and last husband, James Hepburn. (thought by many as the assassin ). All of this by the time she was 17 years old.
The design of this features the traditional Luckenbooth motif: two hearts intertwined for love surmounted by a Crown for loyalty to Mary, Queen of Scots, thus its name. The Scottish thistle makes it unmistakenly Scottish.
This is a gorgeous piece of Scottish jewelry could become the beginning of your family heirloom. Why the amethyst stone? Highlanders often imbedded stones they found while hiking through the Highlands, in their kilt pins, pendants, dirks and brooches.