Awards & Engraving

June '19

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34 • A&E JUNE 2019 EARNING As WITH AGATE Agate is primarily a volcanic rock known for its unique, swirling layers of colors. The look of agate and geodes or crystals appeals to the bohemian and the chic consumer for a bit of natural glamour. This trend falls across a range of prod- ucts from wedding décor items to per- sonalized gifts (think a cuff bracelet, cell phone case, or serving tray) or even a cool new tabletop design for interior décor. Agate imagery and patterns allow you to use the same image but crop it in different ways for more bang for your buck. It can be overwhelming on smaller items, but when a cropped area of an image is applied carefully, a beautiful design can occur simply on its own. We d d i n g p l a c e c a r d holders with table numbers or a serving tray topped with an initial all look great with this design. Think simple applications as the pattern can have quite complex designs in the background or element. Want to create a display in your shop? Pick up some rock candy sticks (avail- able at your local candy shop, Walmart, or Amazon) and crumble off some of the edges or leave in a dish on the display next to various items with the rock designs. Agate patterns and colors make amazing-looking backgrounds.

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