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Gem Insider Sterling Silver 2.39ctw Sunstone & White Topaz Ring
The warm glow of sunstone makes for a stunning yet versatile ring that looks great on any skin color! Crafted from polished rhodium plated sterling silver, this ring is topped with an oval cut 8 x 6mm and four round cut 3mm sunstones. Completing the look are two round cut 2mm white topaz stones. All gemstones are set in prongs within a marquise formation atop the ring.
The total sunstone weight is 2.25ct and the total white topaz weight is 0.14ct (both approximate). The ring measures 7/16"L x 13/16"W x 1/4"H.
Please note: Sunstone color range will vary from orange-brown to reddish-brown.
Discovered in the summer of 1980, Oregon sunstone is formed and crystallized by ancient volcanic force. This sunstone comes from Oregon's Ponderosa Mine, located in the Ochoco National Forest where it is mined during the warm climate, which is limited to five months each year. This stone has not been enhanced in any way. The owners are mindful to respect the earth and their commitment to green mining practices and fair trade protocol.
Part of the Gem Insider 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.
Sterling silver, also called fine silver, is a beautifully lustrous cool-toned precious metal favored in fine jewelry among other products. The most reflective of all metals (excluding mercury), sterling silver looks stunning by itself and brings out the best hues in an array of colorful gemstones.
Sterling silver can be polished to a higher sheen than platinum. In fact, Ag, the chemical symbol for silver, comes from a word that means “white and shining.” The surface of silver can boast that shiny, polished appearance, or can be brushed, satin, matte, sandblasted, antiqued or oxidized (chemically blackened).
In order to be called sterling silver, a metal must be made up of a minimum of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy (meaning other metals), including but not limited to copper and nickel. The alloy is added to pure silver to make the metal more durable, tougher and harder. Sterling silver is designated a fineness of “925.” Pieces with sterling silver may be marked “sterling.”
Finishes on Sterling Silver
Finishing, or plating, is a common treatment with sterling silver. Popular types of plating are rhodium plating, gold plating and anti-tarnish plating. Plating is used to extend the life and sheen of the jewelry. After sizing or buffing a piece of jewelry with a machine, it must be re-plated to restore the finish.
Caring for Sterling Silver
Sterling silver becomes tarnished as the result of a natural chemical process that occurs when sterling silver is exposed to chemicals in the air, rubber, wool and latex. Humidity also plays a role in accelerating tarnishing. It's easy to keep your sterling silver sparkling, though, by taking a few steps to prevent tarnish and other wear and tear.