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Make a statement with this must-have piece. Created in a gold-tone and sterling silver, this necklace features a large round pendant with a detailed lotus accent in the center, symbolizing Borobudur - the largest Buddhist monument in the world. The necklace measures 18"L x 2-1/4"W x 1-13/16"H with a 2"L extender. Completed with a chain link and hook and eye closure.
Complete the look with the matching ring 125875.
Borobudur is the largest Buddhist monument in the world. It is located on the Indonesian island of Java. The temple was built around 750 AD and completely finished 75 years later. Borobudur was vacant and hidden for many years under volcanic ash from Mount Merapi until its rediscovery in the eighteenth century. Many believe the aerial view of Borobudur takes the shape of a lotus, the Buddhist symbol of purity, femininity and birth. Borobudur illustrates the life of Buddha and his teachings. The Borobudur Lotus Collection represents the handsome wonder and beauty of the world, renewal and life.
Part of the GeoArt by Cynthia Gale Collection. Made in Indonesia.
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.