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Italian Designs with Stefano Platinum Polished Clover Necklace - 137-283


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Italian Designs with Stefano Platinum Polished Clover Necklace

Perfectly polished! This head turning necklace features a delicate chain with small groupings of four dots that alternate which direction they face. The dots form a design that looks like a clover. Great for daily wear or save for a special occasion.

Details
  • Metal: Platinum
  • Approximate Total Weight:
    18": 1.18 grams
    20": 1.28 grams
    24": 1.52 grams
  • Measurements: 18"L, 20"L or 24"L x 1/16"W
  • Chain Type: Fancy Link
  • Clasp: Spring Ring
  • Collection: Italian Designs with Stefano
  • Country of Origin: Italy

Platinum    


Platinum:

Platinum is an elegant, rare and versatile metal that has exploded in popularity for jewelry in recent years. Its signature brilliant white luster is a result of its incredible purity and is the ultimate backdrop for reflecting a diamond's radiance. Generally, platinum is 95% pure—compared with 18K gold, which is 75% pure. This purity makes platinum hypoallergenic, meaning it won't irritate sensitive skin.

Platinum is also prized for its eternal quality, resisting fading and tarnishing (although it does develop a lovely patina that may be polished out if you prefer) to look stunning for a lifetime of daily wear. This durability is the result of platinum's density and weight. Platinum alloy is virtually anticorrosive, having a melting point of 3,215 degrees Fahrenheit.

Rather than wearing away with a scratch, platinum does not lose volume but is merely displaced. Thus, impressions and scratches may appear on platinum, but it remains intact as an eternal symbol.

Also revered for its great pliability, platinum is so pliable that one gram of it can be drawn out to a fine wire more than one mile long! This pliability creates incredible flexibility in jewelry design, which other precious metals do not have.

Platinum is the most rare of the precious metals, found only in a few places on Earth. Thirty-five times more rare than gold, it has been said platinum is so scarce that if all of it in the world were poured into one Olympic-sized swimming pool, it would be barely deep enough to cover your ankles. The amount of gold in the world would fill more than three pools that size.

The supply of and demand for platinum is tight and getting tighter all the time. If platinum mining were to stop today, already-mined reserves would be gone within a year. Gold reserves on the other hand would last nearly 25 years.

About 90% of all platinum comes from South Africa and Russia, and much of it is used in other fields besides jewelry, including industry and medicine. In fact, platinum plays an important role in the production of about 20% of all consumer goods.

Over the past few decades, platinum's popularity in wedding bands, bridal jewelry and other jewelry has grown exponentially. Today, platinum is a favorite precious metal among women and men alike.

Japanese consumers buy approximately 48% of all platinum jewelry—a much larger number in the past 20 years. Chinese and North American consumer demand has made for double-digit growth rates in recent years, adding up to more than 40% of the world's platinum jewelry.

Platinum is also recognized as an investment, as are other precious metals. In addition to being a stable and secure investment, platinum offers the potential for profit as its demand increases.

As early as 1200 B.C. Egyptians imported gold with traces of platinum, which they made into jewelry. In 100 B.C., Incas used platinum to create ceremonial jewelry. Then, platinum jewelry all but disappeared until European explorers landed in the New World. Spanish conquistadors found reserves of platinum in 1590; they called it “platina,” meaning “little silver.” Again, platinum all but disappeared from history, resurfacing again in the 1700s when it arrived in Europe. In 1751, platinum was classified as a precious metal. In the 1780s, France's King Louis XVI declared that platinum was the only metal fit for kings.

In the 1800s, several major reserves of platinum were discovered, causing the metal to grow in popularity. In the early 1900s, Louis Cartier was the first person in modern times to create platinum jewelry, which King Edward VII of England declared “the jewelry of kings and the king of jewelers.” Furthermore, platinum became a popular choice for “mourning jewelry,” which was trendy after the Titanic sank.

German geologist Hans Merensky discovered the world's largest platinum reserve in 1924 near Johannesburg, South Africa, inspiring the platinum industry as it exists today. In the 1930s, platinum became a Hollywood favorite when actresses Jean Harlow and Marlene Dietrich wore platinum jewelry. Queen Elizabeth was crowned with a platinum crown and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor exchanged platinum Cartier wedding bands. In 1967, Elvis and Priscilla Presley exchanged platinum wedding bands. Today, platinum is a premiere choice for wedding bands for men and women alike.




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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