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With organic materials like wood and coral so popular in jewelry today, it’s not surprising that designers are discovering the one-of-a-kind charm of agates. The unique stripes and patterns in this chalcedony quartz have the verve of modern art but also bear the unmistakable mark of mother nature’s hand. With no two alike, these pieces also satisfy consumers’ needs for individuality. The availability of the raw material also makes it possible to cut unusual and distinctive shapes. The striped agate sculptural “Torque” bangle by Frank Gehry for Tiffany & Co. is the most high-profile example of agate’s new stature but it no longer stands alone. Although agate in itself is quite affordable, most of these pieces add gold and diamonds to keep these pieces as precious as they are fun.
— Cheryl Kremkow


Red lace agate jewelry in 18k yellow gold

Red lace agate jewelry in 18k yellow gold by Andy Götz, suggested retail $620 to $5,122, (212) 702-9844.

Agate, 18k gold, and diamond earrings

Agate, 18k gold, and diamond earrings from Rockras by Kimberly McDonald, suggested
retail $5,500, (212) 988-5711.

Agate pendant

Agate pendant in sophisticated neutral colors by Jewelmak, (212) 398-2999.

24k gold and dendrite agate pendant

One-of-a-kind 24k gold and dendrite agate pendant by Gurhan, suggested retail $3,840, (877) 447-4692.