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The Luckenbooth

The Luckenbooth brooch was so called because it was sold from the "locked booths" on the Royal Mile adjacent to St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland,in the early 1700s. Traditionally, it was exchanged between lovers on betrothal. The intertwining hearts of the brooch and the sometimes inscribed phases such as "of earthly joys thou art my chioce" are evidence of its purpose, and a surmounting crown is symbolic of Mary Queen of Scots. The luckenbooth is probably the most romantic and lovely type of brooch in Scotland's history. The Luckenbooth was then given to the first born on their birth.


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