Fantasy design, Argillite carved stone pendant

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$39.00

Fantasy design Maori fish hook symbol inspirational carved stone pendant. Argillite, Canadian hand polished natural mineral handmade jewelry talisman necklace

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Description

Natural black fantasy design Argillite carved stone from Haida Gwaii north British Columbia. This type of black Slate stone can be find only in one location on the world what makes it so unique and collectible.
The stone is legally purchased cut carved and polished by me in my shop The design is just a fantasy shape and style, infinity symbol inspiration, the hanger is sterling silver 21 gauge jewelry wire the necklace is an 20″ x 1.5 mm silver plated snake chain
stone size; 52.1 x 26.4 x 6.3 mm                    52.05 ct.               overall pendant height, 61.9 mm

What’s Argillite?

Argillite is a lithified clay and mud, that under the earth’s heat and pressure indurated to sedimentary rock over a 70 million years period. It’s very fine-grained black-gray color, and the hardness of 3, on the scale of 1-10.

It belongs to the Slate family, however Argillite contain variable, typically high amounts, of aluminium and silica that solidified this compounded stone, also responsible to achieve black shiny surface polishes.

Where is Argillite found ?

Argillite is a sedimentary stone, what means, it built up particle by particle over time, most often washed out than settled by ancient oceans. Found many places on earth in a variety of components. Known also by the name as mudstone, or pipe stone. A variant of this stone considered as the basement stone of the islands of New Zealand.

What makes the Haida Argillite unique ?

The Haida Argillite has a longer history than previously thought. The main component of this stone classified as Kaolin instead of clay, that built by smaller crystals, and makes it much smoother by touch. The latest archaeological research shows that carved and polished Argillite used by the local native tribes for utilitarian purposes prior to the arrival of the Europeans, who introduced tobacco smoking, when pipe carving began.

At the early 19th century Canada banned the sea otter fur trade, Argillite was given to the Haida nation solely as a means of economic prosperity. Untill recent changes, no raw Argillite allowed to taken, only if carved by local artisan.

These days however, more and more raw stone appears on the local markets, for the pleasure of carvers and collectors.
The source of Argillite’s exact location is a heavily guarded secret, on Graham’s island. It’s still quarried by basic hand tools, and only the amount that an able-bodied person can carry allowed to taken out at the time.

Our gemstone pendants cut from mostly self collected natural semi precious crystals and minerals. Local Canadian Rocky mountain gems from far up the arctic circle to the south point of Vancouver island. We also buy and trade interesting specimen with worldwide partners. The handmade jewelry, what you find in the store, available to purchase. Some stones are drilled and set with findings, but our preferred method is the modern and minimalist style wire wrapping, what focuses to show the entire size of the stone, yet holds it firm and secure in place.
We never die, color or alter our stones in any ways, all pendant are 100% natural stones, polished with a nine step lapidary process. The settings made of sterling silver jewelry wire.
We have a large collection of jewelry quality raw minerals, ready to cut. Custom shape and size cutting available.
Sorry we do not sell raw stone, we use it or only trade it.

Our gemstone pendants cut from mostly self collected natural semi precious crystals and minerals. Local Canadian Rocky mountain gems from far up the arctic circle to the south point of Vancouver island. We also buy and trade interesting specimen with worldwide partners. The handmade jewelry, what you find in the store, available to purchase. Some stones are drilled and set with findings, but our preferred method is the modern and minimalist style wire wrapping, what focuses to show the entire size of the stone, yet holds it firm and secure in place.
We never die, color or alter our stones in any ways, all pendant are 100% natural stones, polished with a nine step lapidary process. The settings made of sterling silver jewelry wire.
We have a large collection of jewelry quality raw minerals, ready to cut. Custom shape and size cutting available.
Sorry we do not sell raw stone, we use it or only trade it.

1 review for Fantasy design, Argillite carved stone pendant

  1. Jennifer

    Prompt shipping and excellent product. I have never been disappointed with this company.

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