All our Ammolite gemstones have no resin coating. They are all polished and finished professionally and are set in this spectacular piece of jewelry. Ammolite is a rare and valuable opal-like organic gemstone found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains of the United States and Canada.
It is arguably the rarest gemstone on earth. It is made of the fossilized shells of Ammonite, which in turn are composed primarily of aragonite, the same mineral that makes up nacreous pearls.Ammonite lived over 70 million years ago and was a hard shelled squid-like marine animal that existed from the Paleozoic to the end of the Cretaceous era when they suddenly became extinct. They were abundant in all the oceans. Ammonite is found all over the world but only in Alberta can they be found with this gemstone that covers their shells. It is because of the soil content that the shells change color.
Ammonites are found with the colors red, orange, purple, blue, and green; blue and purple being the rarest of all. The name Ammonite is derived from the Greek name of the ancient Egyptian oracle god Ammon who considered them to be divine and is represented by the head of a ram with twisted spiral horns that are reminiscent of Ammonites twisted shells.The Roman historian Pliny the Elder regarded Ammonite as the holiest stone because it was said to evoke prophetic dreams. Ammolite is one of several biogenic gemstones; others include amber and pearl. In 1981, Ammolite was given official gemstone status by the World Jewelry Confederation, the same year commercial mining of Ammolite began. It was designated the official gemstone of the Province of Alberta in 2004.
A genuine natural Blue Sapphire 1.8 mm diameter, brilliant cut in excellent eye-clean quality with just minor natural inclusions (si) from Mozambique / Africa. All photos are taken from the actual item. Very thick and durable 3-microns yellow Gold-plated over solid 925 Sterling Silver. Total length including bail: approx.
48.52 mm = 1.91 inches. This solid 925 Sterling Silver pendant is handmade; the size may vary +/- 1%. Inside diameter of the pendant bail is approx. 4.50 mm x 7.80 mm it will fit a chain, cord or rope with a diameter of approx. Green, orange, golden, blue and gold.
Handmade in Bali by our in-house Balinese silversmiths. This pendant is hallmark stamped 925 on the back. VERMEIL, which is pronounced "vehr-MAY, " is 925 Sterling Silver with is plated with Gold. Vermeil is a combination of Sterling Silver and Gold commonly used as a component in jewelry.
A typical example is Sterling Silver coated with 18K or 24K Gold. To be considered VERMEIL, the gold must be at least 10 karats (42%) and be at least 2.5 micrometers thick. The word "VERMEIL" is a French word which came into use in the English language, mostly in America, in the 19th century as an alternative for the usual term silver-gilt. Vermeil can be produced by either fire-gilding or electrolysis.
The original fire-gilding process was developed in France in the mid-18th century; however, France later banned the production of vermeil because over time artisans developed blindness due to mercury involved in the process. Today, VERMEIL is produced by electrolysis which is much safer than fire gilding yet produces a very similar result The White House has a collection of vermeil tableware kept on display (when not in use) in the Vermeil Room. The Code of Federal Regulations 16, Part 23.5 defines Vermeil: An industry product may be described or marked as'vermeil' if it consists of a base of Sterling Silver coated or plated on all significant surfaces with Gold or Gold alloy of not less than 10 karat fineness, that is of substantial thickness and a minimum thickness throughout equivalent to two and one half (2 ½) microns (or approximately 1/10000ths of an inch) of fine Gold. Less than 2.5 microns is NOT Vermeil and is considered as simple Gold plating only. Vermeil is a more expensive version of Gold plated jewelry.It consists of a 925 Sterling Silver base that is coated or plated with Gold. And again, if the longest lifespan is in the first place for you, your option is VERMEIL Vermeil is much more durable than simple very thin gold plating. No wonder that the price is also high. Gold plating is the term used to describe the process of plating jewelry made of either precious (silver) or non-precious base metal (zinc, nickel, copper) with a thin layer of gold, which is depositing there by electrochemical methods. As it was said the layer is very thin and thus easy to scratch. It also naturally wears thin with time, exposing the metal below. Our 18K Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver jewelry are absolutely marvelous and made with exceptional detail.
This pendant is handmade out of solid 925 Sterling Silver; the size may vary +/- 1%. The condition is new and excellent.
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