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Italian Designs with Stefano 14K Gold 18" Amber "Silk Oro" Necklace - 128-010

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128-010 - Italian Designs with Stefano 14K Gold 18'' Amber ''Silk Oro'' Necklace
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Italian Designs with Stefano 14K Gold 18" Amber "Silk Oro" Necklace

Decorate your neckline in beautiful color! Crafted in a lovely polished 14K yellow gold, this necklace features 16 abstract shaped 9 x 7mm orange ambers in fancy settings. Each of the stones is wrapped in a modern mesh. The necklace measures 18"L x 5/16"W with a lobster clasp. Contemporary style for any occasion.

Part of the Italian Jewelry Designs by Stefano Collection.

Made in Italy.


Amber is fossilized resin from ancient plants, especially coniferous trees. Tens of millions of years ago, if the conditions were right, this sticky resin would become encased in earth and gradually become fossilized. Resin that has not completely fossilized is called copal.

Sometimes leaves, bits of wood, and even the whole bodies of insects would be trapped along with the resin. Pieces of amber with the intact remains of ancient insects or other small organisms are rare and highly valued. More than 1,000 extinct species have been identified in amber.

Jewelry and History
Amber is translucent and range in color from dark brown to a light lemon yellow. It is very soft, with a hardness of 2.5 on the Mohs Scale, and it can be scratched easily. Jewelry with amber cabochons should be worn with care to prevent damage to the stones.

Amber has been used as jewelry for thousands of years. Homer mentions amber jewelry—earrings and a necklace of amber beads—as a princely gift in The Odyssey. Amber can be burned, and this produces a strong aroma the ancient Germans used as incense; they called it bernstein, or "burn stone." Clear, colorless amber was considered the best material for rosary beads in the Middle Ages due to its smooth, silky feel.

Today, two main sources of amber are the Baltic Sea and the Dominican Republic. Amber from the Baltic states is older, but amber from the Dominican Republic is more likely to have insect inclusions.

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