Luckenbooth Brooches are so called because
they were sold from "locked booths" in the
Royal Mile, adjacent to Saint Giles Cathedral,
Edinburgh in the early 1700's, and were
traditionally exchanged between lovers upon
betrothal. They were subsequently pined to
the baby's shawl "to protect it from evil spirits",
and many have passed from generation to
generation to become valuable heirlooms.
Intertwining hearts, or inscribed phrases such
as "of earthly joys thou art my choice" are
evidence of their purpose: a surmounting
crown symbolizing Mary Queen of Scots.
They are probably the most romantic and
lovely type of brooch in Scotland's history,
hence their enduring appeal.