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Gems en Vogue II 18" Palm Tree Ivory, Amazonite and Chrome Diopside Toggle Necklace - 125-262


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125-262 - Gems en Vogue II 18'' Palm Tree Ivory, Amazonite and Chrome Diopside Toggle Necklace
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Gems en Vogue II 18" Palm Tree Ivory, Amazonite and Chrome Diopside Toggle Necklace

You will love the look of this organic design that enchants with a cool blue drop! Designed in sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents, this necklace features one donut shaped fancy cut 34mm palm tree ivory with one pear cut 11 x 9mm amazonite dangling in the middle, both in fancy settings. You will also find two round cut 3-2mm chrome diopsides in claw settings.

The total amazonite weight is 2.13ct and the total weight of chrome diopside is 0.15ct (all approximate). The necklace measures 18"L with a 2" extender and the pendant measures 2”L x 1-9/16"W with a rolo chain that secures with a toggle clasp. Please note: The pendant features palm tree ivory.

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

About Palm Tree Ivory:
Palm tree ivory is an exotic plant-based ivory used extensively during the Victorian Era as an elephant ivory substitute for luxury items such as clothing buttons, cane handles, and chess pieces. In fact, many antiques that are made with ivory are in reality palm ivory. All but forgotten when modern plastics were invented, the natural palm ivory has only recently been essentially re-discovered. The Greek genome name of palm ivory is Phytelephas (elephant plant) Aequatorialis (referring to the equatorial region where it grows).

Palm tree ivory comes mainly from the Tagua nut palm which grows in the Amazon basin. Tagua produces a white seed containing hemicellulose that becomes so hard and dense that it can be carved and polished just like elephant ivory. Similar in texture, color, and a Mohs rating of 2.5, palm ivory will last just as long as elephant ivory. Unlike elephant ivory, no destruction to the animal kingdom takes place, and since the palm seeds are harvested by hand there is no destruction to the plant itself as well.

Part of the Gems en Vogue II Collection. Like all organic gemstones, (pearl, coral, amber, ammolite) harsh chemical cleaners should be avoided. Please use warm soapy water to clean your jewelry when the need arises. All weights pertaining to gemstones, including diamonds, 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    Palladium    


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.


    Palladium:
    A selection of our jewelry 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, this 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.

    Palladium has been used as a precious metal in jewelry since 1939, originally as an alternative to platinum for making white gold. Its naturally white color requires no rhodium plating. Additionally, palladium is proportionally much lighter than platinum and is ideal for use in heavier gemstone jewelry. It is a more expensive alloy than nickel, but it seldom causes the allergic reactions that nickel alloy can.

    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.




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