Linda McFarlane: Pearl and Agate necklace


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Linda McFarlane’s Pearl and Agate necklace is characteristic of her bold approach to alternating colour and form. Yet it is a clear and simple design which anyone can wear with confidence. Large natural pearls alternate with smooth oval beads of different coloured agates. It is a little longer than many of Linda’s necklaces, reaching just below the collar bone.

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 combinations of opposites in her work. She likes to play with generic 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.

A note on the materials

Agate is a translucent variety of microcrystalline quartz. It is often used as a semiprecious stone. Agate generally forms by the deposition of silica from groundwater in the cavities of igneous rocks. It occurs in many colours from brown, green, and white to yellow, pink and red. These are caused by impurities, but make the stone so desirable for decorative jewellery.

Naomi Langford