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Another proud patriot took a gold, emerald and diamond thistle brooch designed by Kutchinsky in 1968, at £2600.

The biggest money on a single lot bid by any Scottish private buyer at the sale was £7500 on a solitaire diamond ring of 2.71 carats.

Pebble jewellery is perennially popular in Scotland, where the native agates, bloodstones and amethysts blend well with the local tartans.

Best of the 30 lots was a 19th century bracelet with three gold-mounted,
barrel-spaced links of hardstone, 8in (20cm) long, which sold at £1500.