Enjoy this masterful example of craftsmanship by famed Montana silversmiths who merge the classic Western elements with contemporary flair for a style that is unmatched!Details
Please Note: The pendant can be removed from chain. Your product comes packaged in a poly bag with a non-abrasive anti-tarnish strip, a drawstring mesh pouch and romance card.
All weights pertaining to gemstones, including diamonds, are minimum weights. Additionally, please note that many gemstones are treated to enhance their beauty. View Gemstone Enhancements and Special Care Requirements for important information.
Sterling silver, also called fine silver, is a beautifully lustrous cool-toned precious metal favored in fine jewelry among other products. The most reflective of all metals (excluding mercury), sterling silver looks stunning by itself and brings out the best hues in an array of colorful gemstones.
Sterling silver can be polished to a higher sheen than platinum. In fact, Ag, the chemical symbol for silver, comes from a word that means “white and shining.” The surface of silver can boast that shiny, polished appearance, or can be brushed, satin, matte, sandblasted, antiqued or oxidized (chemically blackened).
In order to be called sterling silver, a metal must be made up of a minimum of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy (meaning other metals), including but not limited to copper and nickel. The alloy is added to pure silver to make the metal more durable, tougher and harder. Sterling silver is designated a fineness of “925.” Pieces with sterling silver may be marked “sterling.”
Finishes on Sterling Silver
Finishing, or plating, is a common treatment with sterling silver. Popular types of plating are rhodium plating, gold plating and anti-tarnish plating. Plating is used to extend the life and sheen of the jewelry. After sizing or buffing a piece of jewelry with a machine, it must be re-plated to restore the finish.
Caring for Sterling Silver
Sterling silver becomes tarnished as the result of a natural chemical process that occurs when sterling silver is exposed to chemicals in the air, rubber, wool and latex. Humidity also plays a role in accelerating tarnishing. It's easy to keep your sterling silver sparkling, though, by taking a few steps to prevent tarnish and other wear and tear.
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:
About the Collection
Explore the spirit and drama of western culture with Pure Montana - a sterling silver jewelry line that merges classic western elements with contemporary flair for a style that is unmatched anywhere in the world.
Created by Montana silversmiths, Pure Montana is one of the nation's most renowned western jewelry brands and is exclusive to EVINE Live. This collection is crafted in the heart of Montana's Big Sky country with keen attention to detail. Since 1973, designers have lived and worked along the banks of the Yellowstone River, creating unique designs inspired by the region's culture and landscape. Each piece is touched by as many as 25 caring sets of hands, who enhance the unique pieces with crisp engraving styles for a truly timeless fashion. Chunky necklaces, bold cuffs and beautiful gemstones transport you to a world of wide-open spaces, mountains and the authentic west.
Capture the spirit and drama of the West with Pure Montana Sterling Silver Jewelry.
About the Guest
Judy Wagner exemplifies passion and genuine respect for the talent and artisanship of craftsmen in the western rodeo and fashion industry. As vice president of marketing for Pure Montana, Judy has created and directed innovative bands, products, projects and teams influencing consumers and western industry trends.
Her experiences from growing up on a ranch to working in the industry has led to creative and innovative approaches to marketing, product design and fashion trends inspired by the western lifestyle.