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Peace & Love Boutique Platinum Embraced™ Simulated Multi Gem Ladybug Charm
Charming sparkle for your collection! This cute charm made from platinum embraced sterling silver appears in a lady bug design. The front of the piece is covered in simulated diamonds and accented with synthetic pink corundum to act as the lady bug's spots. Two simulated black diamonds act as the eyes, giving the piece a finished look. An enhancer bail completes the design.

Details
  • Metal: Platinum embraced™ sterling silver
  • Stone Information:
    Six round brilliant cut 1.2mm simulated corundum
    Various round brilliant cut 1.0-1.2mm simulated diamonds
    Two round full cut 1.2mm simulated black diamonds
  • Setting Type: Prong and Pave
  • Approximate Total Weight: 0.70ct
  • Measurements: 7/8”L x 7/16”W x 3/16”H
  • Collection: Peace and Love
  • Country of Origin: China

Ladybug Symbolism
The ladybug brings a sense of playfulness, delight and childlike spirit. It is said that when a ladybug lands on you that your wish will come true. They are perceived as fearless despite their small size, their spotted wings acting as a shield against predators. Farmers are known to see the ladybug as a good omen as they keep away harmful insects to crops. In Ireland, the ladybug is said to be a symbol of protection. Asian traditions hold the belief that if caught and then released, the ladybug will fly to your true love and whisper your name in his/her ear, and your love will hurry to your side. Ladybug symbolism spans across numerous cultures, most often revered as a good luck charm.

Platinum Plating:
Platinum can be used as a finish coating over sterling silver or copper alloys. Its bright, pure luster enhances the brilliance of gemstones and does not discolor or oxidize. Platinum plating is also characterized by its good resistance to surface abrasion, making jewelry pieces more durable against everyday and long-term wear. Over time, platinum plating will wear off and therefore will require re-plating.

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.

    Cubic zirconia is the most readily available, inexpensive and brilliant simulated diamond on the market today. Cubic zirconia does occur naturally in small quantities, but all of the cubic zirconia on the market is produced in a laboratory.

    On the Mohs Scale, which measures the hardness of minerals, cubic zirconia is an 8.0 to 8.5. It is important to understand that hardness is not necessarily related to durability. Even though diamond is the hardest mineral (10.0 on the Mohs Scale), it can still be chipped or broken.

    The only ways to tell the difference between cubic zirconia and diamond are by use of a thermal probe, by weighing the loose stone or by microscopic examination of surface features and inclusions. Cubic zirconia weighs approximately 65% more than diamond. Therefore, while a 6.25 mm round diamond weighs about 1.00 carat, the same size cubic zirconia weighs about 1.65 carats. If you know the weight of a cubic zirconia, you can figure out the diamond weight equivalent by multiplying the cubic zirconia weight by 0.6, or 60%.

    Few natural diamonds on the market today are perfectly cut, and those that are cost much more than the usual diamond. Unleashing the fire, beauty and brilliance of a stone depends on its precise cut. Simulated diamonds are an excellent balance between quality, beauty and price.

    Glossary

    Brilliance: The white light leaving a jewel, traveling upward, which is visible to the eye. Brilliance is sometimes referred to as “sparkle.”

    Dispersion: Flashes of rainbow colors. Also called “fire.”

    Hardness: Resistance to scratching. The higher the number, the more resistant.

    Luster: The shininess of a jewel.

    Toughness: Resistance to breakage.