For those who look to stars to find their futures! Whether you follow your daily horoscope or only know your sign, you'll love this charming Zodiac pendant. Each round, scalloped edge pendant features a representation of a star sign made of glistening black spinels at the center. The ornate beaded filigree provides a mesmerizing backdrop.
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The great imposter of gemstone history, many famous rubies have been found to actually be spinels. Perhaps the most famous of which is the Black Prince’s Ruby. Once worn by Henry V on his battle helmet, this 170.00ct red spinel is now set in the British Imperial State Crown. Another famous misidentification is the Timur Ruby, a 352.00ct red spinel now owned by Queen Elizabeth. This particular stone is engraved with the names of the Mughal emperors who previously owned it.
History is unclear whether these mistaken identities were merely accidents or clever substitutions of rubies for the less valuable spinels by dishonest jewelers. In Burma, spinel was recognized as a separate gem species in 1587, but the masquerade lasted for hundreds of years after that in most other countries.
Spinel carries a considerable amount of worth not only based on its history, but due to its brilliance and wide range of spectacular colors. When interpreted by the Greek, the word “spinel” means “spark” in reference to its beautiful sparkle. While a rich red is the most common color, spinel can be found in shades of pink, purple, green, brown or black. An exceptional color from Burma is a vivid hot pink with an orange undertone. Spinel can also come in a beautiful blue hue, sometimes called cobalt spinel, but this color is quite rare.
The main obstacle holding back greater recognition for spinel is rarity. Fine spinels are now more rare than the rubies they used to imitate. Strangely, however, they are also more affordable, since too rare can be a drawback because such few people have the opportunity to grow to love them. The most beautiful colors of the stone are mined in Myanmar (formerly Burma), but spinels are also found in Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Russia. They have a hardness of 7.5-8.0 on the Mohs Scale and are traditionally given as a 22nd wedding anniversary gift.
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.
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About the Collection
Uncover the heritage of one of the world's oldest cultures with Antalia™ - a EVINE Live-exclusive Turkish jewelry collection inspired by the ancient Anatolian civilization.
Thousands of years in the making, the collection is the result of influences drawn from the Anatolian region, a location which has connected cultures for centuries. Recreating the beauty of this bygone era, Antalia offers old-world designs that still speak to us today.
Crafted using techniques developed over centuries, the collection is designed and made in Turkey by a small team of skilled artisans who infuse cultural elements such as meshwork, milgrain, and filigree details into each piece. Crafted from 18K Gold Embraced™ Bronze, Antalia offers the look and feel of solid gold jewelry. In addition, most pieces feature genuine gemstone accents, bestowing added personality and color to your jewelry wardrobe. Highly detailed and sophisticated, the artistry of Antalia evokes a world of ancient beauty.
Travel back in time and discover the rich tradition of Turkish jewelry design and craftsmanship with Antalia.
About the Guest
Jeweler and designer Cem Adiguzel has worked in the industry for nearly a decade and derives inspiration from the deep cultural heritage of Turkey. Residing in two places, Istanbul and New York, he's continually inspired by his surroundings.