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Italian Designs with Stefano 14K Gold 12mm Cultured Pearl Flower Ring - 134-835


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134-835 - Italian Designs with Stefano 14K Gold 12mm Cultured Pearl Flower Ring
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Italian Designs with Stefano 14K Gold 12mm Cultured Pearl Flower Ring

A fun, feminine must-have for your ring collection! Crafted in polished 14K yellow gold, this ring features a cut-out floral design holding one butterfly half-drilled 12mm white Freshwater cultured pearl in a pin/adhesive setting. The ring measures 1"L x 1"W x 7/16"H. Wonderful for everyday wear or save for a special occasion.

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Complete the look with the matching pendant 134-836 or earrings 134-837.

Italian Jewelry Designs by Stefano. Made in Italy.

All weights pertaining to gemstones, including diamonds, 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.


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Pearl:

Often referred to as a gift from the sea, pearl’s origin has been an object of folklore throughout history. Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Ancient Persian legend said that pearls were tears of the gods. In classical times, it was believed that pearls were formed when moonbeams lit upon shellfish, while Indian mythology suggested pearls were formed when dewdrops fell from the heavens into the sea.

In truth, pearls are lustrous gems with an organic origin. They are formed inside mollusks such as oysters, clams and mussels when an irritant such as a tiny stone, grain of sand or small parasite enters the mollusk's shell. To protect its soft inner body, the mollusk secretes a smooth, lustrous substance called nacre around the foreign object. Layer upon layer of nacre coats the irritant and hardens, ultimately forming a pearl.

This process of building a solid pearl can take up to seven or eight years. Generally, the thicker the nacre becomes, the richer the “glow” of the pearl and greater its value. While pearls that have formed on the inside of the shell (called blister pearls) are usually irregular in shape and have little commercial value, those that are formed within the tissue of the mollusk are either spherical or pear-shaped and are highly sought-after for jewelry. Most pearls on the market measure 7.0-7.5mm in diameter, but can be found as small as 1mm or as large as 20mm.

Although some pearls are found naturally in mollusks (considered the most valuable), the vast majority of pearls are grown, or cultured, on pearl farms. To instigate this culturing process, a small shell bead, or nucleus, is surgically inserted into the mantle of an oyster. Despite the fact that pearls are harvested in great quantities on pearl farms, producing a quality pearl is an extremely rare event. It is estimated that half of all nucleated oysters do not survive and, from those that do, only 20 percent create marketable pearls.

Cultured and natural pearls can be distinguished from imitation pearls by rubbing them gently against the edge of a tooth. Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel quite smooth because their surfaces are merely molded or painted on smooth beads. Since nacre is organic, pearls are quite “soft” and rank only a 2.5-4.5 on the Mohs Scale. The gems are very sensitive and special care should be taken when wearing and storing them.

The value of a pearl is judged by several factors, and high-quality pearl strands should feature pearls well-matched in these factors: “orient,” the lustrous iridescence that’s produced when light is reflected from the nacre, should glow with a soft brilliance; the nacre’s texture should be clean and smooth, absent of spots, bumps or cracks; the shape of a pearl should be symmetrical and generally the rounder a pearl is, the higher its value; and although pearls come in many different colors (depending on the environment and species of mollusk), the most favored are those that have a rose-tinted hue.

Pearls are cultured in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Akoya pearls are the classic round pearls found in most pearl jewelry. They are mainly grown in the waters off Japan and are found in a range of hues, including white, cream, pink and peach. Mabe pearls are grown in Japan, Indonesia, French Polynesia and Australia. They are usually flat-backed and often called blister pearls because they form against the inside shells of oysters rather than within oysters’ bodies. Tahitian pearls are grown in French Polynesia and come in a range of colors, including gray and black with green, purple or rose overtones. Because of their large size and unique dark colors, they command very high prices. Also prized for their large size, white South Sea pearls are grown in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and other areas of the South Pacific.

Freshwater pearls come in various colors and are grown in bays, lakes and rivers primarily in Japan, China, Europe and the United States (Mississippi River). They are often irregularly shaped and less lustrous than saltwater cultured pearls, making them substantially less expensive.

Pearls have been treasured throughout ancient folklore and history. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, considered pearls to be sacred. The Greeks prized the gems for their beauty and believed that wearing pearls would promote marital bliss and prevent newlywed women from crying. In ancient Rome, pearls were considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and status. The ancient Egyptians were buried with them and the Egyptian queen Cleopatra favored pearls immensely. It is said that while dining with Mark Anthony, she purposely dropped a pearl into her drink to demonstrate the wealth of her rule.

As early as 2000 B.C., pearls have been used as medicine in China, where it was believed to represent wealth, power and longevity. Even today, low-grade pearls are ground for use as medicine in the Orient. Arabs and Persians also believed it was a cure for various kinds of diseases, as well as insanity.

Long ago, when pearls were not cultured and thousands of oysters had to be searched for only one pearl, the gems were important financial assets, comparable in price to real estate. Some European countries even banned all but nobility from the right to wear them. Medieval knights wore them in battle as a talisman against injury, while warriors in India encrusted pearls into their sword handles to symbolize the tears that swords can bring.

Today, the pearl is a universal symbol of innocence and purity. It is the birthstone for June and is considered the traditional gift for couples celebrating their 3rd and 30th wedding anniversaries. Many believe the gem gives wisdom through experience, quickens the laws of karma and cements engagements and love relationships. It is also considered to offer the powers of wealth, protection and luck.

The largest pearl in the world is approximately 3” long and 2” wide, weighing one-third of a pound. Called the Pearl of Asia, it was a gift from India’s Shah Jahan to his favorite wife, for whom he also built the Taj Mahal. Another famous pearl is called “La Peregrina,” or “the Wanderer,” and is considered by experts to be the most beautiful pearl in the world. Pear-shaped and measuring 1-1/2” in length, it is said that 400 years ago the pearl was found by a slave in Panama, who gave it up in return for his freedom. In 1570, the conquistadors sent the pearl to King Philip II of Spain. The pearl was passed to Mary I of England, who gave it to Prince Louis Napoleon of France, who sold it to the British Marquis of Abercon. After disappearing for a century, the pearl turned up once again in 1969 at a New York auction house. It was purchased by actor Richard Burton for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor.




About the Collection
Designer Stefano Virginio brings bold 14K designs straight from the heart of Tuscany to you. Nestled in this romantic region, the city of Arezzo has become a center recognized for its medieval heritage and legacy of handcrafted jewelry. This rich history is continued with each piece of this collection within which contemporary design meets time-honored techniques.

Meticulously designed with the modern woman in mind, innovative styles take shape by hand using methods perfected for centuries. Every treasure in Stefano's collection exemplifies the tradition of Italian artisanship and will become one of your most coveted possessions. Designed to both delight and excite, this rich collection of bangles, necklaces and rings feature bold looks made exclusively for ShopHQ, enticing every admirer with auras of 14K elegance.

About Oro Vita
This beautiful collection is made affordable by layering a silicone core with 14K gold. Jewelry items within the Oro Vita collection are developed using one of two technologies.

The first technology weaves 14K gold threads around a hypoallergenic thermosilicone core. The gold threads are combined with palladium and silver for strength, durability and flexibility, and then woven tightly around the core, creating a perfectly shaped piece of jewelry.

The second technology uses an advanced forming process called electroforming. In this process, 14K gold is formed into the shape of the jewelry, and then injected with silicone to create jewelry that is both beautiful and durable.

About Oro Puro
Stefano's Oro Puro collection offers the look of pure, luxurious gold without the high price tag. Luxurious 24K gold foil is inlayed into resin, resulting in a piece that embodies the beauty and style of high-end gold jewelry.

Stefano VirginioAbout The Guest
Born in Florence, Italy, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Stefano Virginio became interested in art and design at an early age. He was surrounded by the artistic heritage of the city; beautiful paintings, sculptures, arts & crafts...all were key influences on a young man who would find his calling in the world of jewelry.

Stefano soon moved to Los Angeles and became more involved with jewelry, both as a goldsmith and designer. Stefano's experiences in America helped him solidify his knowledge of trends and tastes, and inspired him to return to Italy and develop a line of spectacular gold jewelry steeped in the elegance, strength, and uniqueness of ancient Etruscan culture. Let Stefano show you how his creativity and inspiration can turn gold into a true work of wearable art.

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