Yellow and Black Dendritic Agate Necklace Features Marquise-Shaped Handmade Bronze (YEL-019)
Each stone of this classy sophisticated Yellow Dendritic Agate Necklace shows its natural colorations, with a different pattern of branch or fern-like markings called dendrites—formations of iron or manganese oxide inclusions that crystallize within the stone. The focal area of the necklace is composed of textured handwrought Marquise-shaped beads, set off by textured bronze beads. The actual term dendrite comes from the Greek 'dendron', meaning “tree.” Another interesting note: Dendritic agate (from Kazakhstan) is prized in Russia as a stone of long life, good health and prosperity. The famous Russian jeweler Carl Faberge made use of this stone in combination with diamonds and other precious gems.
- Full length of the necklace is 18 inches, including the beautiful bronze hand wrought clasp.
- The largest of these triangular barrel-shaped stones measures12mm x 9mm.The stones are mostly opaque, while some may show small areas of translucency typical of agates.
- Bronze diamond-shaped beads are hand wrought and beads measure approximately 20mmx 10mm. The four textured bronze accent beads are 6mm.
- Bronze round spacer beads are 7mm.
- The necklace is strung on a strong antique metallic brass-colored flexible 49-strand stainless steel wire that is nylon coated.
Yellow Dendritic Agate is considered an agate even though it does not have the banded appearance that is common with most agates. But as an agate, it contains small crystalline areas that may show some translucency when held up to the light. Most of the beads in this necklace are opaque.The particular stones used in Miriam’s necklace might have been mined in Wyoming (Trapper Creek Dendritic Agate), which typically is golden yellow to tan with small black dendrites, or in the Homedale area of Southwestern Idaho near the Graveyard Point Plume Agate beds. Dendritic agate is also found in several locations throughout the western and southwestern US.
The bronze beads and clasp are Old World Bronze (TM), which is handwought using an old-world wax method, and an exclusive bronze recipe developed by the Charveaux family of metalsmiths in Scottsdale, Arizona.