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The Scottish Luckenbooth Brooch: A Symbol of Scottish Love

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The Luckenbooth is traditionally a Scottish love token. The Luckenbooth brooch design is an ancient symbol of Scotland, and a traditional token of betrothal as a symbol of affection, friendship and fidelity given as a loving gift for the past four hundred years.

Scotland a land of exquisite highland beauty and now synonymous with the popular TV series Outlander and its leading main heartthrob Jamie.  During season 5 of Outlander Jocasta, Murtagh’s lover can be seen wearing a beautiful luckenbooth worn on a cord given to her by Murtagh as she and Jamie lament over his passing.  The luckenbooth brooch is as traditional to Scotland as are kilt pins are to kilts dating back to the 17th century.

History of the Luckenbooth..

The earliest luckenbooth brooches are on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The first brooches were remarkably simple hearts usually inscribed with romantic sayings such as “Wrong not the heart whose joy thou art” or “My heart you have and yours I crave”. They were mostly made of silver and given to a sweetheart or as a betrothal gift. It was known as a witch-brooch and used to save children from the evil eye as a talisman of protection for new parents to ward off witches and pinned to the newborn’s clothes.  Nursing mothers also wore them as a magical charm to help their milk flow.

The Luckenbooth brooch or Scottish Love Brooch is a heart-shaped brooch, either a single or double intertwined heart with a crown. Historians believe the original design was created as a betrothal brooch for Mary Queen of Scots from the teenage Dauphin of France, whom she married in 1558, hence the two hearts and the crown.

Origins of the Luckenbooth name…

These Luckenbooth brooches often have a crown above one heart, or two intertwined hearts. They are typically made of silver since it was affordable, easy to work with and may be engraved or set with stones. The name comes from the Luckenbooths or “locked booths” of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where jewelry and trinkets used to be sold, including this type of brooch.

Today you can find many variations of the traditional luckenbooth design from reputability online jewelers like The Irish Jewelry Company. Shop their selection Scottish Jewelry including their exclusive Thistle Heart Luckenbooth Pendant, Thistle Heart Luckenbooth Earrings, Luckenbooth Brooch and their Luckenbooth Corded Necklace.

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This Thistle Heart Necklace emdodies the heart and soul of Scotland. Two purple thistles, the National flower of Scotland form a beauitful heart shape symbolic of ones love of Scotland. This beautiful Thistle Heart Necklace would make any Scottish Lass proud to wear.

“My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here, My heart’s in the Highlands a chasing the deer – A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe; My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.” – Robert Burns

Thistle Heart Earrings

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These Thistle Heart Earrings embody the heart and soul of Scotland. Two purple thistles, the National flower of Scotland form a beauitful heart shape symbolic of ones love of Scotland. Any Scottish lass would be proud to where these Thistle Heart Earrings.

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What is the meaning of ’tis herself’?

The Irish term “Tis Herself” is an affectionate expression in both the Irish and Scottish language, denoting a woman of importance, usually the lady of the house. It is suggestive of someone announcing the appearance of royalty. ‘Tis herself is usually meant in jest, for a female who thinks she is more important than she really is. Like an real Irish Queen or Irish Princess.  Someone who deserves to wear an Irish tiara. It’s sort of a joke. But as we all know every lady of the the house is really the Queen of home.

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  • Our Herself Necklace is sterling silver with a gold plated shamrock.
  • It hangs from a sterling silver chain.
  • The Herself necklace length measures approximately 18 inches long.

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The Romantic Legend of the Luckenbooth

This regal Luckenbooth Thistle Heart necklace has a purple thistle heart design surmounted by the crown of Mary Queen of Scots. The Scotch Thistle is the national flower of Scotland. The Luckenbooth is one of the most romantic traditions from Scotland’s rich history. As seen in OUTLANDER the Luckenbooth is a love token given by a groom-to-be to his betrothed to pin to her dress on their wedding day. The Scottish Luckenbooth would then be pinned to the blanket of the first-born child for good luck and to protect from evil spirits.

The Luckenbooth is a Scottish symbol of love, dating back to the 17th century and often given as a token of betrothal, affection and friendship. It is usually in the shape of a heart or two entwined hearts symbolizing love and with a crown to symbolize loyalty. Luckenboothes were sold from shops or “locked booths” in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile hence the name Luckenbooth.

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