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Gem Insider Sterling Silver 11 x 11mm Black Star Diopside & Multi Gem Ring
This ring's beauty lies in its dark allure. Crafted from polished rhodium plated sterling silver, the ring is centered with a cushion shaped 11mm black star diopside cabochon. You'll also find 24 round cut 1.5-1.8mm white sapphires, along with 10 marquise cut 4 x 2mm and two round brilliant cut 2.3mm rhodolites for added edge. All gemstones are in prong settings.
The diopside weighs 5.44ct, the total sapphire weight is 0.37ct, and the total rhodolite garnet weight is 0.82ct (all approximate).
The ring measures 3/4"L x 13/16"W x 5/16"H and features an undergallery.
Part of the Gem Insider Collection. Made in China. All weights pertaining to diamond weights are minimum weights. Additionally, please note that many gemstones are treated to enhance their beauty. Click here for important information about gemstone enhancements and special care requirements.
Sterling silver, also called fine silver, is a beautifully lustrous cool-toned precious metal favored in fine jewelry among other products. The most reflective of all metals (excluding mercury), sterling silver looks stunning by itself and brings out the best hues in an array of colorful gemstones.
Sterling silver can be polished to a higher sheen than platinum. In fact, Ag, the chemical symbol for silver, comes from a word that means “white and shining.” The surface of silver can boast that shiny, polished appearance, or can be brushed, satin, matte, sandblasted, antiqued or oxidized (chemically blackened).
In order to be called sterling silver, a metal must be made up of a minimum of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy (meaning other metals), including but not limited to copper and nickel. The alloy is added to pure silver to make the metal more durable, tougher and harder. Sterling silver is designated a fineness of “925.” Pieces with sterling silver may be marked “sterling.”
Finishes on Sterling Silver
Finishing, or plating, is a common treatment with sterling silver. Popular types of plating are rhodium plating, gold plating and anti-tarnish plating. Plating is used to extend the life and sheen of the jewelry. After sizing or buffing a piece of jewelry with a machine, it must be re-plated to restore the finish.
Caring for Sterling Silver
Sterling silver becomes tarnished as the result of a natural chemical process that occurs when sterling silver is exposed to chemicals in the air, rubber, wool and latex. Humidity also plays a role in accelerating tarnishing. It's easy to keep your sterling silver sparkling, though, by taking a few steps to prevent tarnish and other wear and tear.