Medicine Bow Plume Agate Cabochon
wrapped in Argentium Sterling Silver
This Medicine Bow Dendritic Agate cabochon is a white agate with black manganese spots or dendrites. Medicine Bow is found in veins and bubbles in rock that has been permeated by volcanic gasses. This cabochon has wonderfully crisp and detailed manganese dendrites and is the one-of-a-kind piece you see here. This is a freeform stone that is hand cut by me and then wrapped in beautiful Argentium Sterling Silver wire. This piece is approximately 2¼” inches from the top of the bail to the bottom of the pendant and weighs about 13.5 grams. It is about ¾”of an inch at its widest point.
Argentium® Sterling Silver is a patented and trademarked alloy that is at least 92.5% pure silver, just like traditional sterling silver. What makes it different from traditional sterling silver is that a small amount of germanium replaces some of the copper that is usually the other 7.5% of sterling silver. Peter Johns, a professor of silversmithing at Middlesex University in England, invented Argentium® Sterling Silver in 1996.
Argentium® Sterling Silver is highly tarnish-resistant and does not firescale.