A nautilus terminating in a little barnacle of hand fabricated sterling silver arches gracefully over a bezel set dendritic agate with inclusions resembling foliose coral. The earrings hang from a sterling silver tear drop accented ear wire.
Dendrites (Greek for plant-like) are inclusions that appear organic due to their plant like structure. Trace amounts of manganese and iron in solution from neighboring rock gain access to forming agate. The elements, after seeping thru fine surface fractures, crystallize inside the agate in branching fractal patterns creating these natural, rare gemstones.
Earrings measure 1 1/2 inches long x 7/8th inch wide.