This handcrafted pendant features a stunning slice of an oco rio agate. Oco geodes are mined in northern Rio Grande do Sul province in Brazil. These geodes typically have a variable thickness agate shell with a fine drusy quartz lining of various colors. Clear to light brown or smoky quartz are the most common. I especially like this slice for the white patterns on the stone that look like feathers against the dark brown. The crystals sparkle and if you look closely, just right of center is a pointed crystal.
This is a stunning stone all on its own so I kept the setting simple. I created it from argentium silver wire. I shaped the back, fused it closed, added the prongs, fusing them to the back. I set the stone and carefully fixed the prongs in place.
The pendant measures 1 3/4 inches long.
It hangs from a circle ring that I created from argentium silver, fused closed and hammered flat. The chain connects to this ring with two wirewrapped links. The links have small brown agate beads.
The chain is 18 inches long and fastens with a handcrafted hook and clasp. The chain and wire are also argentium silver.
Argentium silver is made from 93.5% fine silver (a higher percentage than sterling). It is hypoallergenic and tarnish resistant.
I left the silver shiny, no patina.