Hunterston Brooch (Front and Back), Hunterston, North Ayrshire, 650 to 750 CE, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 11.11.17.

This brooch is made from a substantial amount of silver with gilded decoration. Several centuries after it was made, the brooch was still in use; a Gaelic owner’s name was written on the reverse in Scandinavian runes.

Carolingian cloisonné brooch of gold, garnet, multicolored glass, and pearls, dated to c. 800 CE. It is referred to as the Dorestad brooch, as it was discovered in a well in Dorestad (Duurstede), Netherlands. Currently located in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.