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Passage to Israel™ Sterling Silver 18" Inspirational Dog Tag Necklace, 9 grams

This necklace may feature a dog tag style, but don’t let that fool you. It still possesses all of the artisanal class you’ve come to expect from Passage to Israel. Far from being militaristic, this polished sterling silver necklace features peaceful inspiring imagery and text. Two pendants lay against one another. The first displays a charming openwork depiction of your choice of a cross, hamsa, heart or tree of life. Peeking through the openwork cut-out, you’ll see hints of what decorates the second pendant. Move the first pendant aside to reveal an inscription coordinating to your chosen openwork image.

Perfect as a gift for members of your family or as a beautiful reminder for your everyday wear, you’ll love the simple elegance found in this inspiring piece.

Style Choices
Cross: "Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness" inscription
Hamsa: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One" inscription
Heart: "Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart" inscription
Tree of Life: "The love of a family is life's greatest blessing" inscription Details
  • Metal: Polished sterling silver
  • Approximate Total Weight: 9 grams
  • Measurements:
    Pendant: 1-3/16”L x 3/4”W x 1/8”H
    Chain: 18”L + 2” extender x 1.9mm W
  • Chain Type: Rolo
  • Clasp: Lobster
  • Collection: Passage to Israel™
  • Country of Origin: Israel

Please Note: The pendant cannot be removed from the chain.

Sterling Silver

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.

  • Rhodium Plating: Rhodium plating is a complex and laborious process that enhances the luster and beauty and extends the life of silver. A member of the platinum metal group, rhodium is often used as a finishing touch on silver jewelry. It's a shiny silvery metal with a very white and reflective appearance, much like mercury. It's also very hard, so it withstands much wear and tear, resists natural tarnishing and wonderfully mimics the brilliant finish of freshly polished silver.

    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.

  • Avoid exposing sterling silver to direct sunlight and harsh chemicals, including chlorine, ammonia, hair products, perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration and strong jewelry cleaning solutions.
  • Periodically wash sterling silver with mild dish soap and warm water. Rinse well and dry completely with a soft cloth before storing because moisture can cause tarnish.
  • Lightly polish sterling silver frequently with a soft silver-polishing cloth, avoiding abrasive cloths completely.
  • Tarnish is easy to remove when it first forms as a yellowish tint, but becomes more difficult to remove when it becomes brown and black. Remove tarnish with a silver polish cream, avoiding immersing pieces with gemstones in tarnish-removal solutions.
  • Minimize scratches on sterling silver by storing it in its own compartment in your jewelry box or in a cloth pouch. Sterling silver may also be stored in sealed polyethylene bags.