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Portofino 2.25" 18K Gold Embraced™ Oval Hoop Earrings w/ Interchangeable Drop Charms - 133-217


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133-217 - Portofino 2.25'' 18K Gold Embraced™ Oval Hoop Earrings w/ Interchangeable Drop Charms
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Portofino 2.25" Oval Hoop Earrings w/ Interchangeable Drop Charms

Lustrous drops of enchanting Italian style! The first interchangeable charm earrings from Portofino, this gorgeous pair delights with its timeless silhouette, added dimension and movement. The interchangeable charms can be added to your favorite chains, bracelets or mixed and matched with your other charms for a fresh update of your style. A jewelry wardrobe must-have!

Crafted from your choice of platinum, 18K rose or yellow gold embraced over sterling silver, each earring showcases an elongated oval hoop with three removable 5/16" cute and exquisite bead charms dangling at the bottom. One bead is satin finished, the second is diamond cut and the third bead is highly polished. All charms have a minimum opening of 4mm so you have multiple ways to wear them. Simply slide them on and off to mix and match!

The earrings secure with saddle backings. The earrings, with the included beads, measure 2-3/8"L x 1/2"W. The dimensions of the earrings without the beads are 1-3/4"L x 1/8"W.

COMPLETE THE LOOK WITH ADDITIONAL DROP CHARMS:
Change out the included gold embraced charms with beautiful gemstone charms, or mix them together for a personalized look! Layer up to five charms per earring. The Interchangeable Gemstone Drop Charms 133-214 are sold seperately.

Part of the Portofino Collection. Made in Italy.


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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 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.


    Earring Back Types


    The backing is an important part of an earring, providing a secure closure and comfortable fit. Keep in mind, some earring styles work better with certain back types. Experiment with the different types to find the best fit for you!

    Butterfly Back: A double looped piece resembling a butterfly that fits over a post. Variations on this design are called push back clasps. The basic post and butterfly back are usually used for stud earrings and lighter weight drop earrings.

    Hinged Snap Backs: This clasp features a hinged post that snaps into a groove on the back of the earring. It is commonly found on hoops. Sometimes the hinged post is curved to provide more room to fit around the ear, sometimes called a saddleback.

    Hook Backs: This earring backing is simply a long, bent post that fits through the piercing. Hooks have several variations, most notably the shepherd's hook and the French hook. While thin wire hooks reduce the weight of long earrings, making them more comfortable, they aren't as secure as other clasp styles.

    Lever Back: A hinged lever snaps shut against the curved post to form a closed loop around the ear lobe. This clasp is very secure and good for large or medium sized styles that drop just below the ear.

    Omega: Also called French clips, this clasp has a straight post and a looped lever. The hinged lever closes around the post and is held against the ear with pressure. The omega clasp is the most secure clasp, especially for the larger, heavier earrings.

    Screw back: This backing is a slight variation of the standard post and butterfly nut back. Instead of pushing on the back, the nut twists onto the threaded post. A screw back post design is often preferred for expensive diamond stud earrings that require increased security.




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