LA BEAUTE DE L'AGATHE
I have long considered agate a material that was a little, how shall I say, "hippy". Something about it reminded me of the sixties, back to nature and it's "authentic" values.The value of true natural understated beauty versus the value of, say, flashy diamonds and emeralds. There is nothing wrong with understated beauty, quite the contrary. It's just that up until recently the offerings were more of the arts and crafts category than to the realm of couture and panache. And I like panache. Not "bling-bling", no, not at all. Just a little panache.
The beauty of agate has appealed to designers of all sorts from couture's Yves Saint Laurent to less known very creative minds.
Agate has been reinterpreted, if you will, into striking pieces that are fresh and decorative.
Agate in jewelry
Sliced and polished
Mixing polished and rough agate
Rough and natural
Playing with the rich veining of the stone
Agate over the years and even centuries
19th Century Vienna
Parthian cup 2nd. Century BC
Agate in the home today
Plates and platters
40's French lamp
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