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Cameo Italiano "Carousel" Carved Shell & Freshwater Cultured Pearl Locket Pendant

Faith meets fashion in this timeless piece from Cameo Italiano. A locket designed pendant features floral cut-outs on the door that opens to reveal a brown shell carved with an angel cameo and a cubic zirconia border. Two freshwater cultured pearls and a red glass stone charm dangle at the bottom. Additional freshwater cultured pearls line the 23-1/2" cable link chain.

Pendant Details

  • Metal: Rhodium over sterling silver
  • Stone Information:
    Brown Shell: One irregular shaped 30 x 23mm carved cameo
    Freshwater Cultured Pearl: Two oval half-drilled 7 x 9-10mm and a collection of round full-drilled 3.5mm
    Cubic Zirconia: A collection of round brilliant cut 1.1mm
  • Setting Type: Adhesive, Pin/Adhesive, Wire, Channel
  • Measurements:
    Pendant: 3-11/16"L x 1-3/16"W x 1/4"H
    Bail:
    Chain: 23-1/2”L + 2” extender
  • Chain Type: Cable Link
  • Clasp: Lobster
  • Collection: Cameo Italiano
  • Country of Origin: Italy

Please Note: Pendant can be removed from the chain.

Please Note: Cultured pearls are a product of Mother Nature and will have natural birthmarks resembling pores. Size, shape, length, color and quantity may vary slightly. Wipe clean with a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Put jewelry on last after hair products, makeup and perfume.

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.

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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.

    Paua Shell (Abalone)
    Paua shell features vibrant color variations of blue, green, silver, pink, purple and mother-of-pearl. Although its rough exterior is black, paua's interior is the most colorful type of abalone shell in the world. Its iridescent patterns even change color when viewed from different angles. Because color range and patterns vary from shell to shell, each piece of paua is unique and one-of-a-kind.

    Paua is a species of abalone that is found only in the seas around New Zealand. It has larger cousins located around the world, such as in California and Japan, but those species aren't as colorful. Paua's unique coloring is produced from the rich volcanic sediments found within the unpolluted southern New Zealand waters. They are marine mollusks that eat seaweed and cling to rocks at depths of one to ten meters. The holes in the shells are for breathing and reproduction. Starfish are paua's main predator and can suffocate the shellfish by putting their tentacles over the breathing holes, forcing it to let go of the rock.

    Used for food since ancient times, paua meat is considered a delicacy. The exquisite shells used for ornamentation are simply natural by-products. The New Zealand government strictly controls the harvesting of abalone to ensure the sustainability of this natural resource. It has enforced a quota system for the gathering of paua by both commercial and individual fishermen. Paua fishers must free-dive to pry the mollusks from the rocks, as no compressed air diving is allowed. Moreover, all paua that is gathered must be no smaller than five inches in size. There are stiff penalties for those caught removing undersize shells.

    Pacific Rim cultures have considered paua shell a symbol of good fortune and believe it to have powers as an aphrodisiac. Some believe that wearing paua shell aids in creativity and calming. Folklore identifies paua with beauty, physical strength and power. It is believed to improve self-image and increase personal strength and endurance.

  • About the Collection
    Rooted in the time honored tradition of individual cameo carving, Cameo Italiano is redefining the heirloom by creating hand-carved cameo jewelry with a twist. Since the 1950s, three generations of Cameo Italiano artisans have been creating masterworks designed to withstand the test of modern times in both quality and luxurious style. They are now the industry leader in cameo production. Showcasing 18K gold over stunning sterling silver, the collection boasts an array of dramatic and darling designs including florals, peacocks and butterflies. With over 35 distinct collections - from the Deco-inspired 'Minima,' to the romantic 'Anastasia' - Cameo Italiano offers you the unique chance to own a modern work of art with history.

    Cameo Italiano
    Redefining the heirloom

    Gino Di LucaAbout the Guest
    Gino Di Luca is the current CEO for Cameo Italiano, and is the third generation to lead the brand. The company began in the 1950s when Michele Di Luca realized his biggest dream: to create beautiful cameo jewelry. Since then, the tradition has been passed down from generation to generation. The Di Luca family is bound by a love of history and tradition to create stunning, hand-carved designs that encompass past, present and future.