The nineteenth century saw an intense interest in the history and folklore of Scotland. King George IV’s visit in 1822 was the first made by a reigning monarch for nearly two centuries. For the occasion the King embraced traditional Highland dress, wearing a kilt and tartan, which prompted a revival of these garments and the jewels used to fasten them. The writing of Sir Walter Scott popularized a romantic vision of Scotland across Great Britain, a vision which proved irresistible to Queen Victoria. The revival would continue throughout her reign, reinvigorated by her acquisition of Balmoral Castle (which she bedecked in strident tartan) and regular visits to Scotland. During these visits, the Queen would often acquire souvenirs for family members and courtiers, jewels mounted with Scottish hardstones and pearls based on traditional Highland designs.