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Moon Over the Waves Necklace

Moon Over the Waves Necklace   The Moon Over the Waves Necklace includes:
*Graveyard Point Idaho plume agate cut by Eidos
*Pearls, keshi pearls, coin pearl
*Pyrite, rutilated quartz
*Golden jade, prehenite
*Gold filled setting and wire, 14k gold bezel strip
*Vermeil beads and cones
*Signed, dated

Length:  20"-25.5" (51 cm - 65 cm)
Centerpiece:  2.5" w x 1.5" h (4 cm x 6 cm)
Weight:  2.4 oz (67 gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

  Item #412                       SOLD
The poor agate merits only two short paragraphs in Frederick H. Pough's compendium. This is not to denigrate Dr. Pough in any way, I was a devoted reader of his erudite and witty column in Lapidary Journal. His field guide is a marvelous and thorough study of the particular wonders of creation called rocks and minerals. It is simply that the field is so vast that a 396-page book only has room for the barest mention of agates. He does give two small pictures as well.

In contrast, the exhaustive treatise, Agates by Johann Zenz, is too heavy to weigh on my small postal scale. Among his 2,000 spectacular photos are three of Oregon's Graveyard Point agates. Zenz comments, "[Oregon] is so rich in desirable agate that it would take a separate book to describe just the most important agate locations alone." He mentions that some, like the one in this necklace, contain marcasite and black dendrites. The "plume" designation comes from the flame-like white and other colored streaks which typically grow toward the center from the outer edges of the agate vein. Leigh left the rough inner edge of this stone so you can get an idea of how this agate grew and developed. The vein it came from was incompletely filled so this lovely edge resulted.

Looking even more closely (for the more closely you look, the more wonders are revealed!), Within the Stone offers a beautiful magnified photo of a plume agate. I have to take issue with the conclusion of Jim Horgan's amusing essay that accompanies the photo. He says, "That art department may not have recycled images, but the Creator does." I believe the classical wisdom that "God never does the same thing twice." That means, among other things, that your nature is one-of-a-kind. If you act or think exactly like someone else, you may wish to consider whether by so doing you are honoring your unique nature. In the back of this book are essays on each stone by Si and Ann Frazier, also long-time contributors to Lapidary Journal (which by the way is now Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, with the "Lapidary Journal" part in very small print), and Robert Hutchinson. They say "The Graveyard Point sill [is] a 500-foot thick differentiated basaltic intrusion covering eight square miles of the southeastern Oregon near the Idaho border. The Graveyard Point intrusion--named for the pioneer cemetery next to it--erupted 8 million years ago during the Late Miocene into Middle Miocene onto silicic tuffs ... The intrusion is pervasively cut by granophyre dykes and by veins ... composed of 'plume agate.'"

I often paddle my sea kayak at night and this stone reminded me of our coastal kelp beds under a full moon. The necklace is a rich needlewoven assemblage which picks up the colors of the lovely stone. The stone may remind you of something else entirely. Jung borrowed the anthropological concept of the participation mystique to describe the situation in which inanimate objects and people participate with each other and are connected with each other beneath the surface of consciousness. As I understand it, these unconscious connections form the basis for problems of identification, projection, transference, etc. To me, however, it appears that a connection does not require we make the mistake of identification. Perhaps it is possible that a connection could provide an opportunity for enhanced self understanding. I hope you will order this necklace and discover your own story "within the stone."

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