Banded Black Agate Pendant Necklace, Handmade Artisan Gemstone Jewelry

Item Description

This beautiful gemstone necklace was named GANYMEDE after the largest moon orbiting Jupiter.  The black, white and taupe stripes of the banded black agate perfectly mimic many pictures of the of the moon taken by NASA.  The unique, handmade necklace was created with a striking banded black agate pendant, banded black agate tubes and oxidized sterling silver.  A necklace on the smaller side, it will be perfect to wear with your black jeans / slacks and white shirt . . . and so much more.  The delightful GANYMEDE necklace was carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs for the woman who loves to wear one of a kind gemstone jewelry.

  • Banded black agate pendant:  app. 27 mm x 27 mm x 5 mm
  • Banded black agate tubes:  app. 6 mm x 3 mm
  • Metal:  oxidized sterling silver
  • Clasp:  traditional sterling silver hook clasp
  • Extender chain:  app. 2.25” / 5.7 cm; sterling silver box chain
  • Length:  app:  17.5” - 19.75” / 44.5 cm - 50.2 cm
  • Pendant drop:  app. 1” / 2.54 cm

The banded black agate pendant used as the foal of the GANYMEDE necklace is dazzling with its various bands and stripes of black, white and taupe.  Banded black agate, also sometimes called just banded agate, is actually a chalcedony quartz that naturally formed when microcrystals slowly filled a cavity in a volcanic host rock, molecule-by-molecule and layer-by-layer, forming bands and other patterns.  As you can see, the pendant is square in shape but was drilled at an end so the beautiful banding runs diagonally - eye-catching, indeed!  The pendant was polished to a high gloss (making it very reflective when photographing) and has a lovely design on both sides.  When you hold the pendant up to the light, many sections of the pendant are translucent, giving it an ethereal quality.


The main body of the necklace is composed of banded black agate tubes which run the whole gamut of color, each with its own personality since no two are exactly the same.  The front agate tubes are separated from each other with groups of three sterling silver daisy spacers.  the rest of the tubes are separated with 2 mm sterling silver beads.  The sterling silver in the necklace was oxidized to give the necklace a more ancient look.


The GANYMEDE gemstone necklace was finished with a sterling hook clasp and a length of sterling silver extender chain.  The clasp is a traditional Native American style, a small beauty.  The necklace itself measures to approximately 17.5”/ 44.5 cm, but the sterling silver extender chain adds another 2.25” / 5.7 cm allowing the necklace to be worn a variety of lengths.


For a better understanding of the relative size of the orange coral discs used in the WASHED GANYMEDE banded black agate necklace, please be sure to check out photo #5 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Banded Black Agate is believed to bring the wearer health, prosperity and security.  Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.

The GANYMEDE handmade necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!


***Please be aware that not all monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.


Shadow Dog Designs

Beautifully Unique Handmade Jewelry

for the Discerning Woman


N2059 - 01/24


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