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Create your own look with this timeless design! The perfect way to display your personality, this initial cameo pendant is centered with an oval carved 25 x 19mm orange shell in a claw setting with a round faceted cut 2mm orange sapphire accent in a bead setting. The orange sapphire weighs 0.05ct (approximate).

Crafted with polished rhodium plated sterling and palladium with 18K yellow gold embraced™ accents, it measures 1-1/2"L x 15/16"W with a single bail and comes with an 18"L rolo link chain with a lobster claw clasp. These cameos have all been individually carved from natural shell using a small hand-held tool called a "bulino." The design will vary slightly due to artist technique, shell color, and shell curvature - no two cameos will be exactly alike, allowing you to enjoy your one-of-a-kind work of art!

An initial pendant can be passed from generation to generation, telling family stories and carrying loved ones experiences and memories. It is perfect for giving as a gift anytime of the year - no matter who you are shopping for, they are going to love this classy gift! Immortalize your relationship with your loved ones by combining your initials with those of your children, grandchildren, and other loved ones or start a new family tradition by giving this as an engagement gift for a bride-to-be. Part of the Gems en Vogue Collection. Made in China.

About Italian Shell Cameos
Cameos have been carved in stone since 600 BC but first appeared in shells in the 15th and 16th centuries. Shell cameos became vogue during the Renaissance period and during the Neo Classical period leading into the Victorian era. During the 20th century, cameos once again became popular and are now enjoying resurgence during the beginning of the 21st century. The two main types of shell used are the Conch shell and the Helmut shell. Today most of the Italian shells come from Madagascar and South Africa. While automation does exist, the majority of the cameos are still hand-carved.

Torrel del Greco, Italy has been producing carved shell cameos since the 17th century. It's located in the Campania region of southern Italy in the province of Naples. Italy is regarded as the best source for shell cameos.

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.

Warranty: Limited one-year vendor warranty. Please call 1-800-268-7962. Includes a gemstone romance card with purchase.

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 but instead opt for warm water with a mild soap.

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.

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.