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Men's en Vogue 15 x 11mm Lapis Lazuli & Multi Gemstone Scarab Ring

A look that transcends generations and fashion trends. Designed from polished sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow vermeil, the center features a background of one cushion shaped 16 x 12mm dyed blue lapis cabochon in an adhesive setting. This is topped with one round shaped 4mm dyed red jade cabochon in a bezel setting while the sides boast six round full cut 1.5mm sapphires in bead settings.

The center of this ring portrays an image of a Scarab beetle, an important image in ancient Egyptian culture, while the sides feature the strong image of a powerful Pharaoh. The red jade represents the sun that god Kheperi pushed across the sky. The lapis weighs 3.74ct, the jade weighs 0.21ct, and the total sapphire weight is 0.21ct (all approximate). This bold ring has a setting size of 3/4"L x 7/8"W and a height of 3/8".

Complete the look with the matching pendant 129-499.

About the Egyptian Scarab
Ancient Egyptians believed that life came forth from the Mount of Creation, which rose out of the ocean and chaos of the world. When they saw the scarab beetle hatchlings emerging from the mound they were in, it was believed they were capable of spontaneous creation - a gift from the gods. It is because of this "spontaneous creation", the scarab became worshiped as the god Kheperi (also seen as Khepera and Khephri) and as a symbol of regeneration and renewal. Kheperi translates into "coming into being" or "who brings into being". Also, because the scarab beetle was often seen dung-rolling and pushing the ball wherever it went, it was associated with the solar system and was believed to push the sun along the sky in the same manner.

Scarab amulets were also known to be placed over the heart of the mummified deceased. Referred to as "heart scarabs", these amulets were meant to be weighed against the "feather of truth" during final judgment. The amulets were often inscribed with a spell from the Book of the Dead which entreated the heart to, "do not stand as a witness against me."

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.

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Part of the Men's en Vogue Collection. Comes with a romance card. Gemstones may vary in color or pattern. Please allow for these natural variations. 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.

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 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.

    Lapis is a strong blue microcrystalline rock composed primarily of the mineral lazurite. Its value decreases with the presence of white patches called calcite, while small veins of golden pyrite inclusions are often prized. Top quality lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan, but small quantities are also found in Siberia, Chile, the United States, Pakistan and Canada. It is one of the most valuable semi-opaque stones and is a relatively soft gem, ranking 5.0-5.5 on the Mohs Scale.

    First mined in Afghanistan in 6000 B.C., lapis lazuli was used to heal eye maladies and was thought to help one acquire wisdom and serenity. The Romans believed it was a powerful aphrodisiac, while the Egyptians used lapis for cosmetic purposes and often carved it into vases and figurines. The ancient city of Ur had a thriving trade in lapis lazuli as early as the fourth millennium B.C. The name comes from the Latin word “lapis,” meaning stone, and from the Arabic word “azul,” meaning blue.

    In the Middle Ages, lapis was thought to free the soul from error, envy and fear. Used by artists during the Renaissance , ground lapis created a beautiful blue pigment for paintings. The stone was inlaid in the columns of St. Issac's Cathedral and the panels of the Pushkin Palace, both in Petersburg. Today, lapis lazuli is traditionally given as a 9th wedding anniversary gift. It is believed to free the wearer of melancholy and strengthen total awareness, creativity and ESP.