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Gems en Vogue Final Cut Waterdrop Coated Shell & Multi Gem Pendant w/ 18" Chain

Sleek sophistication. This pendant will highlight your décolletage in perfect style. Designed with polished sterling silver and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced accents, it features one drop shaped 41 x 10mm waterdrop coated shell in a post setting. Accenting this is one pear faceted cut 7 x 5mm amethyst, one round full cut 1.75mm blue sapphire and four round full cut 1.75mm white sapphires.

The sapphires are in bezel settings and the amethyst is in a claw setting. The amethyst weighs 0.30ct and the total sapphire weight is 0.20ct (all approximate). Complete with a 7 x 12mm double bail, this pendant measures 2-5/8"L x 3/8"W. Comes with an 18"L rolo link chain secured by a spring ring clasp.

About Waterdrop Coated Shell
Waterdrop Coated Shell is basically the same process that they use to create man-made pearls, like Majorica pearls, but instead of using a nucleus or bead made out of glass, a shell is used. The shell is taken from a fresh water mollusc and is the white portion of that shell (the surface is ground away) that is used. In this case it is cut into a tear drop shape (3-D). Then the shell is coated using a proprietary process similar to how the aforementioned man-made pearls are made. It is coated with layers of lacquer which mimic the orient of natural nacre. The advantage is that unusual shapes can be rendered in volume which is impossible with traditional pearl culturing techniques (it would be impossible to make a perfect tear drop in consistent sizes with fresh water pearl or saltwater pearl techniques). The coating is very durable and not flakey like glass based man made pearls.

About Palladium
This item 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, our 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.

Part of the Gems en Vogue Collection. Comes with a romance card. Gemstones may vary in color or pattern. Please allow for these natural variations. 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.

Vermeil Plating:
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:

  • 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.