This necklace features a gorgeous piece of dendritic agate set in a 14 k gold-filled bezel on a sterling silver base plate, with a solid 14 k gold accent bead and 14 k gold-filled bales and hand-made hook and eye clasp. Suspended from an 18" oxidized sterling silver cable chain.
The dendritic agate in this necklace is also called Shazar stone, found exclusively in the Ken River in the Banda district of India. It is characterized by its organic inclusions that paint images of breathtaking natural landscapes. The name Shazar comes from the Arabic word “Sazar”, meaning tree.
The fascinating inclusions are formed when two or more chalcedony stones trap a piece of fossilized fungus, and the fungus produces an acid or base secretion that causes the agate to become translucent and simultaneously bind it all together. Different colors may appear in Shazar stone, such as black and orange-red, and are caused by inclusions of iron and manganese. Some refer to Shazar stone as the Stone of Plentitude and believe it brings abundance and richness in all areas of life.