"Orion's Belt" - Agate Geode Slice Pendant and Vermeil Necklace
Simply exquisite! Inspired by the brightest constellation in the winter sky, Orion, the pendant in this unique necklace is reminiscent of a dark night, with the three tiny gemstones (green, blue and orange agate) on the side shining bright as the three prominent stars - Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka that align to form the "belt" of the Hunter.
The gorgeous drusy agate slice features beautiful shades of light and dark grays with wild white marbling swirls like the Milky Way would look on a clear night. The center is hollow and is surrounded by tiny clear quartz crystals that reflect the light beautifully. This outstanding pendant is elegantly framed in a thin layer of 14K gold and hangs from a delicate vermeil (gold over sterling silver) chain, 18" long that closes with a lobster claw and has a 2" extension chain for comfortable sizing.
The pendant measures 58mm (approx. 2 1/4") in length (including the bail) and 20mm (approx. 3/4") at its widest point.
Handcrafted - One of a kind.
Agate is the Mystical birthstone for September. It is also the birthstone for the Zodiac sign of Gemini.
Drusy, druse, druzy, drusies - different spellings, but they all mean tiny quartz crystals that form within or on the surface of other stones. When ground water carrying dissolved silica is forced into a porous area of the rock, rapid cooling often occurs, causing the formation of tiny crystals on the surfaces or in cavities of the rock. The clear crystals often form on top of previously deposited minerals. This is called a drusy.
Agate is found all over the world including: the Africa, Asia, Brazil, Egypt, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Nepal, and the USA.
History and Lore: Agate is believed to discern truth, accept circumstances, and is a powerful emotional healer. Legend says that Agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty. Agate is said to be particularly beneficial to people born under the sign of Gemini as it helps them to remain calm and focused. It is believed to prevent insomnia and insure pleasant dreams, to enhance personal courage and protect one against danger. Agate provides a calming influence, improves perception, concentration and helps to develop and increase one's analytical talents. (Information provided through www.bernardine.com. Thank you!)