Wednesday, April 25, 2012

When is a Tree not a Tree? When it's jewelry!

My latest pieces are made using tree agate. For this piece I thought it would be fun to cut a tree out of the back of the pendant.
 Tree Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant, 22.15mm x 40.7mm, stone is 18mm x 27mm. This is a one of a kind (ooak) art piece. I personally hand cut the gemstone, then hand forged the metalwork to take advantage of the beauty of the stone. The back of this pendant features a tree cut out of silver.

Tree Agate, also known as Dendritic Agate or Moss Agate, is an opaque Chalcedony Quartz. Dendritic inclusions make it appear to have distinctive mossy or tree-like markings. The tree-like markings are called called dendrites, a name derived from "dendron", the Greek word for "tree". The ancient Greeks noted Tree Agate as a stone of abundance and would sow some into their fields to ensure a good and plentiful harvest.

This piece is now available in my Etsy shop. I'll be adding several new tree agate pieces in the next few days. Thanks for looking.
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