Italian Moss Agate    14KT gold fil wire around stone and chain

Handmade and hand designed by Rod Wilson

Retails $200   FOCCAS  Fundraiser  $100

Moss agate is a semi-precious gemstone formed from silicon dioxide. It is a form of agate which includes minerals of a green color embedded in the chalcedony, forming filaments and other patterns suggestive of moss. It also sometimes resembles blue-cheese. The field is clear or milky-white quartz, and the included minerals are mainly oxides of manganese or iron. Moss agate is of the white variety with green inclusions that resemble moss. It occurs in many locations. The colors are formed due to trace amounts of metal present as an impurity, such as chrome or iron. The metals can make different colors depending on their valence. 


  Dendrite Quartz from Madagascar

Dendrite Quartz from Madagascar, Africa (a clear stone) 14KT gold fil wire around the stone and chain

Handmade and designed by Rod Wilson

Retails $225   FOCCAS Fundraiser $100

When moisture and iron mix, the result isoxidation, better known as rust. Oxidationis an every day occurrence. It even happened in gemstones. Traces of moisture and iron ormanganese were trapped inside quartz, which produced stains resembling trees or branches called dendrites. The word Dendrite comes from the Greek word “dendron” meaning tree. Hence the name Dendritic or Dendrite Quartz The primary sources of Dendritic Quartz are Brazil and Africa.