This delicate light blue Agate is a favorite of mine. I have used a variety of bead shapes and sizes, both faceted and smooth of Blue Lace Agate to create this two-stranded bracelet. All the metal components of sterling silver (0.925), including the trumpeting angel charm at the toggle. The square shaped hammered toggle is of Hill Tribe Silver. The trumpeting angel is heralding peace and goodwill to all!
Agates are very fine crystalline quartz and are very durable semi-precious gemstones. Since Agate is laid down by nature in layers, they are often found in creatively striped. Agates are found all over the world and since ancient times have been considered a powerful healing stone, often worn as a talisman or amulet. Generally associated with courage, prudence and strength of emotion. Agates are the stone for the Zodiac sign of Gemini, and also for the 12th and 14th wedding anniversary. Blue Lace Agate is a semi-translucent pale sky-blue variety of agate, the fine white banding resembling lace, and hence the name. The pastel blue color is associated with peace and harmony and thought to relieve stress in the wearer.
Hill Tribe Silver beads are distinctive and hand-made by artisans of the mountain regions Northern Thailand using methods passed down through the centuries. They are made from almost pure silver (0.999) and contain more silver than sterling silver, which contains 0.925 silver.
Length: 7.5 inches. Guide to sizing Bracelets: Using a measuring tape, measure snugly (not too tight) around the wrist just below the wrist bone. For adults add 1/2 to 3/4th inch to the measurement to determine the bracelet length.
Beading Wire: 0.19"/49 strand white-coated stainless steel professional quality beading wire with sterling silver crimps, and crimp covers.
Bead size: 10 x 14 mm rectangles;10 x 14 mm ovals; 7 and 8 mm rounds; 5 mm faceted rounds; 8 x 12 mm barrel.
Care: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or sealed in plastic bag.
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