Dendritic Growth Brooch
Made by Abbie Dixon
Oxidised sterling silver brooch with dendritic agate. Handmade by Abbie Dixon in Co. Antrim.
In metals a dendrite is a multi-branching, tree like structure of crystals growing as molten metal solidifies. These can also “grow’ when electroforming metals. This agate is characterized by its inclusions of branch like dendrites, which are made up of manganese or iron oxide within the stone.
Measurements: approx 8cm x 3cm
About the maker:
“My jewellery collection explores my love of forest and woodland, where I find endless inspiration. Intrigued by the unconventional beauty of gnarled branches and the curious little growths of lichen and fungi, I love things as they naturally occur, raw, wild and unprocessed.
My work is all about the textures, patterns and forms created by nature, and has a semi abstract aesthetic. Metal is so often smooth, flat and highly polished, but I want to make metal have a soft, organic, individual quality. I experiment with many processes and materials to create my jewellery compositions. These little sculptures are handcrafted and cast in precious metal by the lost wax method. They become wearable pieces using traditional silversmithing techniques, and some are set with natural gemstones, which I absolutely adore.”