Crackled Agate – Not Heat Treated

by ZB.

Crackled Agate - Not Heat Treated  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

My girlfriend and I found this agate on a small island beach off the coast of Washington State.

Everything we can find about this type of effect claims heat treatment to get the crackle, but that was definitely not the case here.

Crackled Agate - Not Heat Treated  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Maybe it was heated naturally a long time ago. Does anyone know how common it is for this effect to occur naturally?

Crackled Agate - Not Heat Treated  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal

Also, we’d like to have it made into a pendant. Any advice on finding a trustworthy jewelry maker who works in this material?

ZB

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  • What a fabulous beach treasure, ZB! If your town has a lapidary or rock shop, or rock & mineral club, someone there is likely a wire-wrapper or knows someone who could do that for you. Also, you might go to art / craft shows and look through the booths to find a wire jewelry artist whose work you like.

  • Tina H says:

    ZB, What state do you live in? I may be able to give you a contact.

  • ZB says:

    Tina H – Michigan or Washington – either works.

  • Lisa says:

    I think what you found is a snakeskin carnelian form of agate. It’s beautiful!

  • Judith says:

    It’s lovely! What a great find!

    As an alternative to leaving it rough, you might consider getting a stonecutter to shape and polish it for you. You have enough rough to make it pretty much any shape you want, and I don’t think it would need to cost you more than $25 or $30. You could find a stonecutter through a local gem and mineral society, or look on Etsy. Foxridgestones in Etsy (in Delaware) might be able to do it. Just a thought. For me there’s nothing like a highly polished stone to make my heart go pitty pat.

  • Gay says:

    I do custom wire wrap with out peoples stones. If you are interested contact me on my email. I live in Arizona and use either .925 sterling silver or 14 karat gold filled or both. You can look at my work on my ETSY site.

    Gay

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