Picking up a piece of our shared past- Beth goes agate hunting along Lake Superior
Inspired by Nature
Beth's passion is crafting quality wearable art inspired by the beautiful natural landscape of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Lake Superior. Drawing inspiration from her adventures in the Northwoods, Beth uses regionally sourced agates to incorporate a literal piece of her beloved land into pendants and rings. The use of agates in jewelry dates back to the Egyptians, humans have always been attracted to the powerful and grounding nature of agates.
The land around Lake Superior is prime agate picking territory, and Beth has been taking full advantage of the treasures to be found right in our backyard! Last fall Beth started cutting and polishing locally harvested stones, wearing away billions of years to reveal unfounded beauty within these coveted stones.
In the Lake Superior region, the most common type of agate is comprised of concentric, patterned rings. These mesmerizing rings draw in the eye, fascinating all those who gaze upon them.
The formation of agate is a collaboration between time, fire and ice.
The story begins over a billion years ago when the Lake Superior basin was formed by massive lava flows. When the lava cooled, air pockets formed. Over the course of hundreds of millions of years, cracks developed in the cooled lava. As quartz liquids flowed through the cracks, the air pockets became filled and the liquid hardened slowly. One layer at a time, fortifications formed.
Here is where the ice comes in: During the ice ages, giant glaciers tilled up and deposited tons of sand, dirt, and stone, bringing these treasured agates to the surface to be distributed across our landscape by waterways like rivers and lakes.
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You will see a diverse selection of jewelry featuring Beth's locally and regionally harvested agates being released moving forward. Come on by the shop and we would love to show you what she's come up with, and discuss the whole process from picking up the raw stone all the way through setting it into a one of a kind piece of wearable art.
We will still be carrying stones sourced from other areas surrounding Lake Superior, to find Beth's agates on our website make sure to check the "details" section of the listing. We will make sure to let you know!
It took over 1 billion years, fire, ice, searching, grinding and polishing for your agate to finally make it to you. By owning a piece of our shared past you will carry the energy and fortitude that an agate represents through our shared future.