Linda McFarlane: Green Agate and Pearl Necklace


Linda McFarlane

Green Agate and Pearl Necklace


Linda McFarlane’s Green Agate and Pearl necklace is a classic piece. Alternating green agate and pearls make for a stylish and easy to wear piece that goes with almost anything. You will find you wear it all the time.

Linda McFarlane has been working as a jeweller for some 15 years. She began as a logical extension of her original training and lifelong interest in fashion-design and textile arts. She takes a restrained approach and likes to explore the possibilities presented by the use of simple materials and forms. Nevertheless, she enjoys making the most of varied textures, colours, and reflective qualities.

‘I like my work to be individual and affordable and distinct from that found on the high street. I enjoy experimenting with such materials as stainless steel, rubber, Perspex, glass, with bold forms to create surprising yet harmonious wearable sculpture.’

Linda places particular emphasis on opposites in her work. She likes to play with contrasts such as light and dark, rough and smooth, shiny and dull. She has made a special range of environmental jewellery for GroundWork gallery using natural materials such as stone, shell, lava and leather. Linda often experiments with new combinations of materials and designs. As well as in textiles, Linda’s background is in teaching and she lives and works in Norwich.

About the materials

Agate is a common rock formation, consisting of chalcedony and quartz as its primary components,[1] consisting of a wide variety of colours. Agates are primarily formed within volcanic and metamorphic rocks. Decorative uses of agates date back as far as Ancient Greece and are used most commonly as decorations or jewellery.

Caring for Agate: Clean agate using warm soapy water and a soft brush. Although it has a high hardness, agate can still be scratched or damaged by gemstones with a higher hardness, as well as other materials. Avoid using household chemicals when cleaning agate beads, components or jewelry. Agates can be sensitive to heat, especially dyed stones, and prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade color-enhanced types. Store agate inside a fabric-lined box or wrapped in a soft cloth.

Naomi Langford