All heathergem brooches are made from real heather stems grown and harvested in Scotland. The stems are then cleaned, dyed, and compressed under 60 tons of pressure. This forms the stems into a block which is then shaped and polished into this beautiful range of Scottish jewelry. This is a top quality brooch, featuring a thistle emblem.
The plaid originates from the historic Great Kilt worn by a highlander.
The tartan fabric would serve both as a blanket and bedding to sleep with, and also as clothing to wear during the day. The tartan was wrapped around the waist and folded in a "pleat-like" style which was held in place by a belt. The material that was left over from the waist was then thrown over the left shoulder.
Today, we honor this historic garment by wearing a plaid of matching tartan which is held in place by a decorative brooch.