Home | PEARLS | JEWELRY | GEMSTONE BEADS | Gemstones | ANCIENT Beads | SKULLS 18K GOLD VERMEIL STERLING SILVER HOOK EARRINGS FOSSIL CORAL & CHROME DIOPSIDE Item # : 180 2019 Type of jewelry : HOOK EARRINGS ~ 18K Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver set with a pair of genuine natural Agatized Fossil Coral cabochons and genuine natural Green Chrome Diopside Material : Solid genuine 925 Sterling Silver ~ 18K Gold-plated, genuine natural Agatized Fossil Coral with a stunning flower pattern and Green Chrome Diopside Gemstones : A pair of genuine natural untreated Green Chrome Diopside gemstones ~ round 1.8 mm diameter, brilliant cut in excellent eye-clean quality ~ from Russia Amount : 1 (one) pair of earrings * All photos are taken from the actual item * Plating : 18K Gold Vermeil ~ very thick and durable 3-microns yellow Gold-plated over solid 925 Sterling Silver Total weight : approx. 10.15 grams Dimension : Total length including hook: approx. 62.45 mm = 2.45 inches Width: approx. 14.26 mm Thickness: approx. 3.65 mm Depth: approx. 11.70 mm (hooks) These solid 925 Sterling Silver earrings are handmade; the size may vary +/- 1%. Ear wire diameter : approx. 0.80 mm Color : Beige, brown cream, green and gold Origin of silver work : Handmade in Bali by our in-house Balinese silversmiths Hallmark stamp : These earrings are hallmark stamped 925 on the back About Indonesian Fossil Coral : Fossil Coral Gemstone Information About Fossil Coral – History and Introduction Fossil Coral is a natural type of gemstone formed by ancient Corals. The proper name for fossil Coral is ‘Agatized Coral’ or ‘Agatized Fossil Coral’, because during formation, the coral remains are gradually replaced with Agate, a variety of naturally occurring Chalcedony, or microcrystalline Quartz. When prehistoric corals are fossilized through replacement with Agate, the fossil Coral forms through hardened deposits left by silica-rich waters. The entire process can take over 20 million years and occurs only under very unique geological conditions. Corals are marine animals and it is their skeletons that are fossilized and preserved, often leaving flower-like patterns in the stone. Fossil Coral should not be mistaken for reef Coral or precious Coral. It is considered to be a type of Agate or Chalcedony, rather than a type of Coral, due to its silicon dioxide composition (SiO2). Coral deposits have been mined and commercialized for their high calcium, potassium, magnesium and sodium content, and are often used for the making of health and drug supplements. Fossil Coral is used in industrial fertilizers and water purification filters because it can remove chemical impurities such as chlorine and formaldehyde. Fossil Coral Mythology, Metaphysical and Crystal Healing Properties Since fossil Coral is a combination of coral and agate, it carries many strong metaphysical beliefs. Agate is associated with the zodiacal signs Scorpio and Gemini, and agate is said to be ruled by the moon. It is a grounding stone and is supposedly good for bringing about change. Physically, Agate is thought to be able to help heal pancreatic disorders and improve blood and air circulation. It is used for healing illnesses of the eyes, skin and stomach, is even believed to enhance longevity. Since the beginning of the 1st millennium, Coral has been highly prized as a gem because it was believed to have mysterious, powerful and sacred properties. The Gauls often used Coral gems as ornamentation for their helmets and weapons, believing that it was a protective stone. Ancient Egyptians also placed coral in tombs of the deceased to protect against evil spirits because they believed each coral gem actually contained divine blood. The Romans hung branches of Coral around the necks of their children to protect them from danger. In the early 20th century, the people of Italy used Coral for protection from the ‘evil eye’ and many Italians used it for infertility. Among the Hopi and Zuni tribes, the ‘road of life’ is symbolized by Coral, Jet, Abalone and Turquoise (the four elements). Although Coral is not a traditional birthstone for any month, it is a non-traditional zodiac stone for Taurus. Reddish and orange colored coral stones are thought to benefit the root and spleen chakras by providing energy and warmth. What is Gold Vermeil? : VERMEIL, which is pronounced “vehr-MAY,” is 925 Sterling Silver with is plated with Gold. Vermeil is a combination of Sterling Silver and Gold commonly used as a component in jewelry. A typical example is Sterling Silver coated with 18K or 24K Gold. To be considered VERMEIL, the gold must be at least 10 karats (42%) and be at least 2.5 micrometers thick. In the US and various other countries, Sterling Silver covered first with a base metal (such as nickel) and then plated with Gold cannot be sold as vermeil without disclosing that it contains base metal. The word “VERMEIL” is a French word which came into use in the English language, mostly in America, in the 19th century as an alternative for the usual term silver-gilt. Vermeil can be produced by either fire-gilding or electrolysis. The original fire-gilding process was developed in France in the mid-18th century; however, France later banned the production of vermeil because over time artisans developed blindness due to mercury involved in the process. Today, VERMEIL is produced by electrolysis which is much safer than fire gilding yet produces a very similar result The White House has a collection of vermeil tableware kept on display (when not in use) in the Vermeil Room. The Code of Federal Regulations 16, Part 23.5 defines Vermeil: “An industry product may be described or marked as ‘vermeil’ if it consists of a base of Sterling Silver coated or plated on all significant surfaces with Gold or Gold alloy of not less than 10 karat fineness, that is of substantial thickness and a minimum thickness throughout equivalent to two and one half (2 ½) microns (or approximately 1/10000ths of an inch) of fine Gold.” Less than 2.5 microns is NOT Vermeil and is considered as simple Gold plating only. Vermeil Jewelry Vermeil is a more expensive version of Gold plated jewelry. It consists of a 925 Sterling Silver base that is coated or plated with Gold. And again, if the longest lifespan is in the first place for you, your option is VERMEIL Vermeil is much more durable than simple very thin gold plating. No wonder that the price is also high. Gold plated jewelry Gold plating is the term used to describe the process of plating jewelry made of either precious (silver) or non-precious base metal (zinc, nickel, copper) with a thin layer of gold, which is depositing there by electrochemical methods. As it was said the layer is very thin and thus easy to scratch. It also naturally wears thin with time, exposing the metal below. Remarks : Our 18K Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver jewelry are absolutely marvelous and made with exceptional detail. These earrings are made out of solid 925 Sterling Silver. These earrings are handmade; the size may vary +/- 1%. The condition is new and excellent. Don’t miss the opportunity to own this beautiful pair of earrings Our photographs have been enlarged to show details. Most details shown in the large image are actually not visible to the naked eye. We have made the image as close as possible to the original item when viewed on our screen. 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