The layers of color in a tiger shell are very thin thus requiring an extremely high level of expertise/precision to ensure the depth of the portrait is accurate without carving the colors away. The total sapphire weight is 0.12ct (approximate). The ring measures 15/16”L x 1-1/4"W x 1/4"H. Part of the Gems en Vogue Collection. Made in China.
About Tiger Shell Cameo:
Tiger shell (Cypraea Tigris) is a brown-spotted mollusk found in the Indo-Pacific region of the ocean. While most of the world’s shell cameos are carved from the Helmut or the Conch shell and display a two-tone color configuration, Tiger shell has the ability to display three natural colors (brown, purple, and cream). However, due to its smaller size, highly-curved surface, and thin color layers, a Tiger shell is much more difficult to carve than its Helmut and Conch cousins, thus making this cameo not only a work of art but a true rarity as well. Because the thin layers of the triple-colored Tiger shell offer less depth, it requires a high level of experience and precision to ensure the dimension of each carving detail is accurate without carving the various colors away.
Your cameo has been carved by master Italian carver Mattia Romagnuolo whose expertise and steady hand is world renowned. From the Naples province of southern Italy, Romagnuolo is amongst a long line of Italian craftsman who have been producing carved shell cameos in the city of Torre del Greco since the 17th century. A true homage to Italian tradition, each cameo has been hand-carved for an individual work of art just as the Romans did 2,000 years ago.
Your tiger shell cameo is safe for daily wear; however, due to its organic nature it should be cleaned only with mild soap and warm water. Shell is a natural product of the sea and should be cared for as you would for a pearl. Do not use harsh chemical jewelry cleaners.
Warranty: Limited one-year vendor warranty. Please call 1-800-268-7962. Includes a gemstone romance card with purchase.
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.
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:
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.
To care for your plated jewelry items: