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Gems en Vogue II Carved Amber & Chrome Diopside Flower Ring - 115-486

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115-486 - Gems en Vogue II Carved Amber & Chrome Diopside Flower Ring
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Gems en Vogue II Carved Amber & Chrome Diopside Flower Ring

A period piece for an everlasting style! Designed in sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents this ring reminds one of an era gone by. The ring features one rectangle shaped 22 x 14mm dyed Polish green amber in a fancy setting, with an intaglio-carved flower in white. Accentuating the ring are four round cut 1.5mm chrome diopsides in bead settings.

The total weight of the amber is 7.80ct and the total weight of the chrome diopside is 0.08ct (all approximate). The ring measures 1-1/8”L x 13/16"W x 3/8"H.

Complete the look with the matching pendant J405001.

About Polish Amber & Intaglio Carving
Polish amber is widely regarded as some of the finest grade the world has to offer. Sourced from the Baltic port city of Gdansk - a traditional center for amber cutting that dates back centuries - this individually-created gemstone features the highly-precise carved works that Poland is famous for. Amber is a natural stone and a member of the organic gem group which includes pearl, coral and ivory. Formed through a natural polymerization of the original organic compound, amber is the fossilized resin of ancient trees - the only gemstone that is plant based. Most amber is approximately 30-90 million years old.

Carved Polish amber is created using the ancient technique of Intaglio carving which involves hand carving a picture or pattern in the base of the gemstone in reverse relief. Initially treated to clarify the stone for this exceptionally-detailed effort, and subsequently carved, the Intaglio is then packed with white resin to complete the work of art with a striking high-contrast image. When viewed through the top of the stone, the domed cabochon amplifies the carving creating a three-dimensional effect on the seemingly encased image. Intaglio artistry has been celebrated by cultures throughout the ages including the Romans and Greeks. Each carving is unique - no two will be exactly alike.

About Palladium
This item is made of sterling palladium alloy. Palladium is a member of the platinum group of precious metals. By replacing a portion of the copper content used in standard sterling silver with palladium, our proprietary formula renders a precious metal with superior performance attributes. Sterling palladium is five times more tarnish resistant than standard sterling silver and has strength similar to that of 14K gold.

Includes one year vendor warranty from date of purchase. Also includes a gemstone romance card with purchase.

Part of the Gems en Vogue II Collection. 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    Chrome Diopside    Amber    

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.

    Chrome Diopside:

    Chrome diopside, also called Russian diopside, offers an intense forest green color. Because it is the most affordable gemstone with a pure, rich green color, many jewelry designers predict chrome diopside will be the world’s leading emerald substitute by the end of the decade. It is mostly available in smaller sizes, with the rare larger sizes becoming much more expensive and too dark. A 26.17ct oval cut chrome diopside may be the largest known example of the faceted stone, but there is also a 25.33ct stone that is brighter and more intense in color.

    Chrome diopside is relatively soft, with a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs Scale. Mostly mined in Yakutia and Siberia, the liberalization of the economy of the former Soviet Union has made chrome diopside more available, and more popular, than ever before.

    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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