Remarkable Bursts of Needle-Like Crystals Dance Throughout this Silver Needle Agate Necklace (EAR-008)
The puffed and rough-cut faceted oval and smooth rectangular beads in this Silver Needle Agate necklace show a natural blend of varying shades gray, brown, and olive to deep green tones in intricate swirling and marbled patterns. The subtle shifts of colorations and jagged streaks of the needle like crystal formations are mesmerizing in the sunlight! Each natural stone is unique, with remarkable sprays of needle-like crystal inclusions, which is typical of Silver Needle Agate. Like all Agates, there are translucent and opaque areas. Miriam used two Hill Tribes hand wrought and antiqued fine silver beads, carved with a line design, to accent the center stone. Small faceted sterling silver beads separate each of the Silver Needle Agate stones. Every stone is a stunning work of art created by nature, and carefully placed by Miriam to create a striking and wearable art treasure. Like most of Miriam's Necklaces, Silver Needle Agate is reversible! The two close-up views of the silver buttons and center stones show the varying natural patterns of the stones on both sides.
- Full length of the necklace is 21 inches, including the textured sterling silver clasp.
- Puffed ovals are approximately 1.125 inches long, 0.75 inches wide and 0.625 inches thick at the center.
- Longer smooth rectangles are 1.625 inches long, 0.75 inches wide, and 0.375 inches thick at the center.
- Smaller smooth rectangles are 1.24 inches long, 0.75 inches wide, and 0.375 inches thick at the center.
- The necklace is strung on a flexible but strong, stainless steel, nylon-coated beading wire
- Puffed antiqued fine silver beads are double-sided rounds with a line design, each measuring 0.625 inches in diameter, and approximately 0.25 inch thick at the center.
- A hammered sterling silver hook clasp and small round beads complete this lovely necklace.
Silver Needle Agate is a Sagenite agate, which is known for its needle like crystal formations.The “needles” or filaments intersect and are often arranged in fans or sunbursts. Sagenitic Agates are found all over the world in most agate deposits. Although the occurrence of Sagenite inclusions in agate is usually limited. It occurs in nodules or veins. The pseudomorphous inclusions get their form mainly from needle shaped zeolites, aragonite, gypsum, geothite and antimonite. Sometimes both sagenite and plume (fluffy moss-like) inclusions can occur together.