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Kristen Amato Tourmalinated Quartz & Black Spinel Pendant w/ 18" Chain - 125-635


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125-635 - Kristen Amato Tourmalinated Quartz & Black Spinel Pendant w/ 18'' Chain
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Kristen Amato Tourmalinated Quartz & Black Spinel Pendant w/ 18" Chain

A contemporary chic style that has the perfect medley of textures and colors! Crafted in 18K gold embraced™ sterling silver, this pendant features one round cut 12mm tourmalinated quartz in a fancy setting at the center of two gold-tone rings. Various bead cut 2-3mm black spinels strung on tassels and gold-tone chains drop from one of the gold-tone rings for a stunning contrast.

The total quartz weight is 11.90ct and the total spinel weight is 13.92ct (both approximate). The pendant measures 4"L x 7/8"W and includes an 18" circle link chain that secures with a lobster clasp.

Disclaimer: Gemstone may vary in color and/or pattern. Please allow for these natural variations. Stone count of spinel may vary.

From the Kristen Amato Collection. Includes a Warranty card with purchase. 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.


Gold over Silver    Quartz    


Vermeil Plating:
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:

  • Remove jewelry before bathing, swimming, washing hands, putting on make-up, lotions, perfumes, and/or working with household chemicals, cleaners, or acidic liquids.
  • Do not clean plated jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner or in silver cleaning solutions, as it could completely remove the plating finish from your item.
  • Ensure your jewelry item is thoroughly dry before storing. Moisture in an enclosed space can increase tarnishing.
  • Store your plated jewelry in a jewelry box lined with felt or anti-tarnish material. Items should not be stacked as this may cause damage to the plating surface.
  • Do not use excessive pressure when cleaning with a polishing cloth or soft brush, as this may cause damage to the plating.
  • Over time your plated items will need to be re-plated. Contact your local jeweler for information on plating services.


    Quartz:

    With its uniquely mystical appearance, quartz was the “rock crystal” used in ancient times to make crystal balls. It was believed to attract energy and is still considered to be spiritual today. The gemstone was once believed to be a compact form of ice. In fact, the Greeks originally named quartz “krystallos,” meaning ice, but this terminology soon applied to any type of crystal.

    Often identified by its six-sided prism shape, quartz is the most common mineral on Earth, found in nearly every environment throughout the globe. With a ranking of 7.0 on the Mohs Scale, it is a component of almost every rock type and occurs in virtually every color imaginable. Quartz has a great amount varieties that are well-known by other names, including amethyst, citrine, ametrine, rock crystal, agate, druzy, chalcedony, tigers eye and many more. There are also several varieties that hold the name “quartz,” including rose quartz, smokey quartz and rutilated quartz.

    The pale pink color of quartz is known as rose quartz, the traditional gift for couples celebrating their 2nd anniversary. It is a delicate powder pink color that ranges from transparent to translucent. Transparent rose quartz is quite rare and is usually so pale that it does not show much color, except in large sizes. The translucent quality of rose quartz is much more common and is used for jewelry and carvings.

    Rose quartz is probably one of the most prized stones for its mystical properties. Known as the “Heart Stone,” it is believed to have incredible powers to balance emotions and open the heart. Folklore says rose quartz can comfort brokenhearted people, bringing healing and clarity to the heart and allowing the wearer to learn to trust again. The stone is also said to foster happiness and the joy of life by bringing about contentment in love and filling one with optimism, tenderness and gentleness.

    In addition to helping with romantic love, rose quartz is believed to enhance all other forms of love as well, including self-love, platonic and maternal. Its loving, nurturing energy is said to take away fears, resentment and anger and replace them with feelings of higher self-esteem and confidence. This soothing stone is also thought to balance emotions and heal emotional wounds. It is said to be especially powerful in times of stress or loss, bringing peace and calm to the wearer.

    Ranging in color from nearly black to smoky brown, smoky quartz is transparent and owes its warm earthen hue to exposure to natural radioactivity. Care must be taken since its rich color will fade in the sun. Spelled either “smoky” or “smokey,” this variety of quartz is often incorrectly called “smoky topaz.”

    Smoky quartz is believed to help dissolve negative energy, release stress and relieve depression. It is said to be a mild sedative with a relaxing effect that calms, soothes and restores balance and harmony. Folklore says the gem can embrace dark areas with light and love and therefore clear and cleanse the body both physically and emotionally. Smoky quartz is thought to be a warm, friendly and down-to-earth gem.

    Rutilated quartz is a type of transparent rock crystal that contains long, fine needles of rutile crystals (titanium dioxide). These highly valued inclusions form a landscape of shining gold needles in an array of patterns that is breathtakingly beautiful. These golden inclusions are also known as Venus hair, Cupid’s darts and fleches d’amour (“arrows of love”). There is a less well-known variety called tourmalinated quartz that, instead of golden rutile, forms black or dark green tourmaline crystals.

    Although rutilated quartz is usually cut as a cabochon, it can be a difficult stone to attain a smooth surface without pits. This is because rutile ranks a 6.0 on the Mohs Scale, while quartz ranks 7.0. The difference in hardness between the two materials, and because of the way rutile forms inside, causes problems when cutting. Each final cut piece is unique, with no two being exactly alike. Modern folklore says rutilated quartz brings forth each person's strengths, originality and ability to relate to others.




  • About the Collection
    Kristen Amato Jewelry is a diverse and sophisticated gemstone collection showcasing a perfect fusion of trend, fun and elegance. Carefully crafted in 18K Gold Embraced™ bronze, Kristen Amato jewelry is exclusive to ShopHQ and features genuine gemstone designs that are relevant for today's fashions. With an eye for detail and a passion to create, Kristen's collection compliments virtually any style.

    For more than a decade, Kristen Amato has made a name for herself in the jewelry industry and has become known for her tasteful, feminine designs. Continuously keeping an eye on jewelry trends from across the globe, Kristen brings her latest creations to ShopHQ in this stunning collection. Offering a full line of jewelry accessories, you'll always find something new with Kristen Amato Jewelry.

    Kristen Amato About The Guest
    While keeping an eye on jewelry trends across the globe, on-air guest and designer Kristen Amato sells her unique creations to boutiques worldwide from London to Curacao.

    A self-proclaimed jewelry fanatic, Kristen first created her jewelry for close friends in 2002. Eventually, the designs made their way to local Chicago boutiques and were met with instant approval. Many of her accomplished designs continue to be featured in top fashion-forward publications.

    In 2011, Kristen's trend-right gemstone collection was introduced to ShopNBC as part of the United Designers show headed up by industry expert and graduate gemologist Michael Valitutti.

    Join Kristen on-air as she describes the details of her designs.

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