Cindy’s TrendTracker: Dendritic agate

TrendsFeb 22, 2016

Cindy’s TrendTracker: Dendritic agate

Dendritic agate, or “tree agate” as it is so aptly named in some places, has been popping up a lot lately.

Melissa Joy Manning’s limited edition 14-karat yellow gold and sterling silver dendritic Montana agate ring ($950)
A one-of-a-kind dendritic quartz ring from Edgeworth Jewelry by Mackenzie Law, hand-fabricated in sterling silver with handwoven details ($985)
Jamie Joseph’s 14-karat gold dendritic agate jaguar head pendant ($1,035)
Russell Jones’ “Dendritic Pinch” ring features a shield-shaped buff top dendritic quartz set in 14-karat gold ($1,350).
Lauren K’s “Mischa” rings are available with an emerald-cut natural dendrite agate in 18-karat blackened gold with diamonds ($3,100), and with a square-shaped natural dendrite agate, also in 18-karat blackened gold with diamonds ($2,420).
Ana Katarina’s dendrite agate cufflinks offer black spinel pavé in blackened sterling silver ($2,596).
These 18-karat gold, dendrite and diamond earrings are from the Underwater collection by Bianca Brandolini for Amsterdam Sauer ($3,600).
This dendritic quartz and brown diamond pendant is made by Susan Wheeler ($5,620).
You can see the desert landscape in Barbara Heinrich’s morrisonite agate necklace, featuring hand-fabricated 18-karat yellow gold spacers, yellow diamonds and a toggle clasp ($21,670).
This specialty-cut agate ring by Tom Munsteiner is paired with a Spirit Sun-cut spessartine garnet, set in 18-karat gold (price upon request).
Pamela Huizenga’s 18-karat gold pendant features dendritic agate and diamonds (price upon request).
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Dendritic agate, or “tree agate” as it is so aptly named in some places, has been popping up a lot lately. Opaque and milky stones are having their trend moment and we think this somewhat translucent leafy stone (and her cousin dendritic quartz) is adding interest to the trend.

What was once kind of hippie is now kind of haute, as more designers are setting the humble gem in gold with diamonds and other pricier gems.

Now’s the time to stock up on these interesting one-of-a-kind gems because the trend is prolific and the look fits right in with the 1970s redux happening in fashion these days as well as the interest in large, flat and fanciful gems. Here are 11 to try.

Michelle Graffis the editor-in-chief at National Jeweler, directing the publication’s coverage both online and in print.

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