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A captivating creation sure to please! Designed with polished rhodium plated sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents, this ring is centered with an oval checkerboard cut 16 x 12mm labradorite in a claw setting. Framing this on the sides are six round faceted cut 1.75mm sapphires in bead settings. The labradorite weighs 7.28ct and the total sapphire weight is 0.24ct.
First discover in the Labrador peninsula of Canada (hence the name), this unique member of the feldspar family remains a sought after stone worldwide. Labradorite is a natural gemstone that is in fact a Plagioclase Feldspar. It has a chemical composition of potassium, calcium, aluminum, and silicon-oxide. It has a Mohs rating of 6.0-6.5 and is not color enhanced. Labradorite is usually found with a grey body color and is cut into cabochons that will display "labradorescent colors". These colors can vary but are usually blue and green. The phenomenon is caused by interference of light reflecting off finely layered structure within the gemstone. The same phenomenon causes the play of color in opals. Labradorite is mined in Canada, Finland, and Russia. These stones come from Russia. If you love a "mysterious" gem then labradorite is for you!
This item is made of sterling palladium alloy. Palladium is a member of the platinum group of precious metals. By replacing a portion of the copper content used in standard sterling silver with palladium, our proprietary formula renders a precious metal with superior performance attributes. Sterling palladium is five times more tarnish resistant than standard sterling silver and has strength similar to that of 14K gold.
Vendor Warranty: 1 year material and workmanship warranty from date of purchase.
Part of the Gems en Vogue II Collection. Comes with a romance card. Gemstones may vary in color or pattern. Please allow for these natural variations. Avoid using chemical jewelry cleaners. 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.
Pronounced "vermay," vermeil is an electroplating process in which 14K gold or higher is coated over sterling silver. Officially designated by the jewelry industry, items may only be sold as vermeil if they have a minimum thickness of 100 millionths of an inch (2.5 microns) of gold over the silver. Regular gold plating is less than 2.5 microns.
The "vermeil" technique of plating sterling silver with gold originated in France in the 1750s. It differs from "gold filled" or "gold plated" in terms of the thickness or thinness of the microns over sterling silver. "Gold filled" pieces have a much thicker layer, between 15 and 45 microns, which is mechanically bonded to the base metal with heat and pressure. Vermeil is a more expensive version of "gold plated". It does not wear off as quickly as gold plating does. However, over time, vermeil wears off and therefore will require re-plating.
Gold/Platinum Embraced Silver or Bronze:
Our platinum and gold embraced collections feature layers of platinum or 18K gold over sterling silver or bronze for a lustrous, radiant finish everywhere you look and touch.
To care for your plated jewelry items:
Labradorite is a beautiful mineral whose charm is not fully noticed and may be overlooked if not viewed from the proper position. Generally a gray to smoky black color, it displays a strong iridescence when cut correctly. In fact, labradorite’s value increases with the skill of the lapidary and strength of the iridescence. Ranking a 6.0-6.5 on Mohs Scale, its name is derived from Labrador, Canada, which is the main source of the stone. Modern folklore says that labradorite brings forth each person's strengths, originality and ability to relate to others.
A selection of our jewelry is made of sterling palladium alloy. Palladium is a member of the platinum group of precious metals. By replacing a portion of the copper content used in standard sterling silver with palladium, this proprietary formula renders a precious metal with superior performance attributes. Sterling palladium is five times more tarnish-resistant than standard sterling silver and has strength similar to that of 14K gold.
Palladium has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939, originally as an alternative to platinum for making white gold. Its naturally white color requires no rhodium plating. Additionally, palladium is proportionally much lighter than platinum and is ideal for use in heavier gemstone jewelry. It is a more expensive alloy than nickel, but it seldom causes the allergic reactions that nickel alloy can.
Gems en Vogue II
The vintage inspired designs of Gems en Vogue II conjure romantic visions of elegance from the Art Deco movement to the French Renaissance. Set in advanced Sterling Palladium Alloy with 18K Gold Embraced™ accents, each piece of Gem en Vogue II jewelry is a wearable work of art, individually designed and executed with intriguing, often unexpected detail and highlighted by a colorful variety of unique gems.
Each piece of jewelry is designed around a specific gemstone and is often inspired by nature or architecture and influenced by historical jewelry and current fashion trends. The ultimate goal is always to present customers with original jewelry pieces they'll be delighted to wear.
About the Guest
Guest Michael Valitutti G.G. (GIA) is a graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America with a wealth of knowledge and a deep passion for gemstones and jewelry. Winner of two design competitions and the subject of numerous articles and industry news, Michael introduced Sterling Palladium Alloy to America in 2006 with the launch of Gems en Vogue II.
Before entering the jewelry business, Michael had decided to pursue his MBA. However, before returning to his studies, he took a summer job working for a friend - a jeweler in a swanky area of downtown Toronto. He recalls, "I liked it so much, I decided to pursue this career full time, so I asked for a refund of my tuition and the rest is history." It's no surprise that Michael ended up on TV selling jewelry. More than 30 years ago, he did a pilot for his own TV show. He also worked at the TV station on weekends, working his way up to floor director. Now he is at home on TV and at home in the jewelry business.