This elegant bracelet features black agate capsules highlighted with sterling silver balls and finished with a sterling silver clasp.
This bracelet measures 6.5 inches in length.
You can view other Agate jewelry items here, or Sterling Silver items here.
Agates are a banded and or multi-colored member of the chalcedony-microcrystalline quartz family, with bands caused by the presence of iron and manganese. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in a host rock. As a result, agate often is found as a round nodule with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk. It is said to be named for the place it first was found along the River Achates (now called the River Drillo) in Sicily.
Agate, one of the oldest known gems has been valued for thousands of years. In ancient times, agate was highly valued as a talisman or amulet. It was said to quench thirst and protect from fever, and is reputed to aid insomnia and give sweet dreams. The major sources of agate are Australia, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A. The gemstones of Maryland (Patuxent River Stone), Minnesota (Lake Superior agate) and South Dakota (Fairburn agate) are all agates.
Sterling silver is a white, highly reflective precious metal composed of 925 parts of pure silver and 75 parts alloy, usually copper. Copper provides the silver with sufficient hardness and wearing qualities, as pure silver is sometimes considered too soft to be used or worn everyday.
At times, we oxidize or "antique" our finished sterling pieces to blacken the recessed areas, and then rub the rest of the piece to a high white shine. Oxidizing can give a piece of jewelry wonderful depth and rustic feel.