Be charmed with this extravagant design! Add to your existing collection or start anew and build your own bracelet with these innovative and ornate charms! Crafted in sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents, this set of two charms includes the ever-popular multi-gemstone "carousel" charm (the boldest exotic gem charm ever offered) and the first-ever red jade full
The multi-gemstone “carousel” charm features various oval cut 5 x 3mm gemstones including one London blue topaz, amethyst, chrome diopside, garnet, purple rhodolite, iolite, Swiss blue topaz and citrine. All of the gemstones are in claw settings. The total topaz weight is 0.56ct, total amethyst weight is 0.23ct, the total chrome diopside weight is 0.30ct, the total garnet weight is 0.30ct, the total rhodolite weight is 0.30ct, the total iolite weight is 0.30ct and the total citrine weight is 0.23ct (all approximate).
The second charm of this set features one round shaped 13.5mm dyed red jade with a total approximate weight of 0.36ct.
About this Design:
Accent your jewelry wardrobe with our most innovative accessory to date! The Gems en Vogue charms capture the vibrant gemstone color and imaginative detail that is core to this collection's design philosophy. Specifically created by a select team of designers, each slide-on charm exudes artistic elegance and attention to detail. With a variety of styles to choose from, including those inspired by some of Gems en Vogue’s famous designs, each charm lets you create a personalized jewelry statement that is distinctive, versatile, and above all, enjoyable.
Vendor Warranty: One year material and workmanship warranty from date of purchase. Includes a gemstone romance card.
Part of the Gems en Vogue Collection. Made in Canada. Gemstones may vary in color or pattern. Please allow for these natural variations. Avoid using chemical jewelry cleaners. 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.
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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.
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Jade reigns as the universal symbol for good luck and has been treasured in China as the royal gemstone for 5,000 years. The Chinese character for jade resembles a capital “I” with a line across the middle. The top of the character represents the heavens, the bottom the Earth and the center section humankind. It has been considered a symbol of love, virtue and status for thousands of years and remains popular today. Jade is traditionally given as a 12th anniversary gift and is believed to strengthen the body and bring longevity to life.
Jade is the term applied to forms of both jadeite and nephrite. The ancient jade carved in China was what we today call nephrite. In the nineteenth century, it was discovered that the material from the new world was not the same mineral as the jade from China. This new and different jade from Central America was called jadeite to distinguish it from the original nephrite. Both are similar in appearance, yet jadeite is considered the true jade and commands higher prices. Though both are quite durable and tough, ranking 6.5-7.0 on Mohs Scale, jadeite is slightly harder than nephrite due to its microcrystalline structure.
Jadeite has a much more vivid green color with finer translucency than nephrite. It is most treasured for its vivid greens, but it also comes in lavender, pink, yellow and white. Nephrite, however, is found in less intense spinach green, white, brown and black colors. While overall color is the most important factor in considering the value of jade, other important criteria are translucency, texture and pattern. Jade is most often sold by the piece rather than per carat. Because of its smooth and even texture, it has long been a preferred material for carving. When placed in jewelry, it is usually cut into smooth dome shapes called cabochons.
Jadeite is primarily mined in Myanmar. Each year, the state-owned Myanmar Gems Enterprise holds the Myanmar Gems, Jade and Pearl Emporium where boulders are sold to top jade dealers from around the world. The dealers take some high-risk gambles with the jade boulders they purchase. Boulders are sold intact, with only a tiny window cut in the side to expose a small section of the interior. The buyer has no idea what lies inside, whether there is valuable green jadeite or only white or brown-stained inexpensive material. Relying on instinct, buyers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for what may turn out to be exquisite gemstones or huge losses.
The most valuable form of jadeite is known as imperial jade. It is a vivid emerald green color and comes from Myanmar. The Emerald Buddha, a sacred image that is enshrined at Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, Thailand, is actually beautiful green jadeite. A leek green variety called "Russian Jade" is found near Lake Baikal in Russia. In addition to Myanmar, small quantities of jadeite can be found in Mexico and Central and South America, while nephrite is mined in Australia, Canada, Taiwan and the United States.
In ancient China, Jade was thought to preserve the body after death and was placed in emperors' tombs. One tomb contained an entire suit made of jade, thought to assure the physical immortality of its owner. In Central America, the Olmecs, Mayans and Toltecs also treasured jade and used it for carvings and masks. In Europe, although prehistoric axes and blades carved from jade have been found by archeologists, the gemstone was not popular for jewelry use until the sixteenth century when jade objects were imported from China and, later, Central America. The Portuguese brought home jade pieces from their settlement in China and called jade “piedre de ilharga,” which meant “stone of the loins” because they believed it to be strong medicine for kidney ailments. Jade objects brought to Spain were called by the Spanish version of this phrase, “piedra de hijada.” This became the French word “ejade,” which led to the English word jade.
Known for over 7,000 years, jade was first valued for its hardness, which made it a useful stone for constructing tools and weapons. In ancient Egypt, jade was appreciated as the stone of balance, inner peace and great affection. In China, jade plays a significant role symbolizing goodness, wisdom, courage, justice, modesty and compassion. The Chinese use the gemstone for creating praiseworthy objects, religious figures and esteemed furnishings for the imperial family. Today the gemstone has gained popularity across the world, admired for its symbolism, historical significance and beauty.
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.
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Shipment 3 (May):Set of Two Black Spinel Charms
A charming addition to your charm bracelet collection! Crafted with polished sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents, this lovely charm set features one round shaped charm with 36 round cut 1.5mm black spinels in bead settings. The second charm features a two-tone square shaped bead with ornate detailing. The total approximate spinel weight is 1.08ct. The spinel charm measures 7/16"L x 3/8"W and the two-tone charm measures 3/8"L x 3/8"W.
Shipment 4 (July):Set of Two Multi Sapphire Panther & Lapis Lazuli Charms
Stake your claim on superior style with this warm and striking designs! Crafted with polished sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents, this lovely charm set features one panther design and one lapis design. The panther charm features 28 round cut 1.5mm multi-color sapphires and two round cut 1.5mm chrome diopsides. The second charm features one round shaped 13mm dyed lapis lazuli cabochon in an adhesive setting with two-tone ornate detailing. The total sapphire weight is 0.56ct, the total chrome diopside weight is 0.04ct and the total lapis weight is 0.34ct (all approximate). The panther charm measures 1-1/16"L x 1/2"W and the lapis charm measures 1/2"L x 5/16"W.