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Agate Jewelry7 of 48Banded red/white agate necklace Large Vintage modernist Sterling Silver Banded Agate Pendant
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    Posted 3 years ago

    Parrotbeak
    (39 items)

    I bought this thinking it was a funky glass chain necklace. Upon closer inspection, it's a funky banded agate chain necklace. Especially that opaque brown stripe in the center of the third photo is telling this is stone and not glass. The agate does look coated or someway treated to me, because it has a peculiar glossy shine to it.

    I found a similar necklace on RL: https://www.rubylane.com/item/844929-S2910/Vintage-Chunky-Dyed-Yellow-Agate-Bead . Same clasp and glossiness, but my necklace has spaced and smaller beads and doesn't appear dyed.

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      You have a very popular tourist necklace from my side of the world - Tijuana, Baja Mexico. Yes, banded agate. I don't know for sure a date but I've seen these in the 80's, 90's and then soapstone flooded the tourist market which is soft and scratches easily. When I find broken necklaces like your example I buy them to use the beads in my designs because the beads are so pretty.
    2. Parrotbeak Parrotbeak, 3 years ago
      Thanks a bunch! I've not seen such a necklace before and had no point of reference. It's also not like any of my other Mexican jewelry, or like any of my other chain-type necklaces. There's an elegance to it few match.
    3. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 3 years ago
      This is 'Mexican onyx', a calcium based stone related to marble & alabaster & unrelated to true onyx, a form of chalcedony, which is a form of quartz & silicon based. The banding causes the confusion.

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