Home | PEARLS | JEWELRY | GEMSTONE BEADS | Gemstones | ANCIENT Beads | SKULLS BRACELET with BLACK SPINEL & PURPLE CHALCEDONY GEMSTONE BEADS & GOLD VERMEIL Item # : 181 0018 Type of bracelet : Beaded stretch bracelet with 8 precious round Black Spinel beads, 8 round Purple Chalcedony gemstone beads, a Tiger claw shaped focal / center Sterling Silver bead set with a genuine natural green jewelry beetle wing, eight 18K Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver Bali granulation bead, and one original APOLLON solid 925 Sterling Silver logo bead. Material : Genuine natural Black Spinel, Purple Chalcedony, Jewelry Beetle wing and 925 Sterling Silver Amount : 1 (one) bracelet * All photos are taken from the actual item * Size of bracelet : Inside circumference: approx. 16.50 cm = 6 ¾ inches Inside diameter: approx. 5.25 cm = 2.06 inches Weight : approx. 44.72 grams Size of beads : Assorted from approx. 4.40 mm to 11.00 mm diameter Size of Tiger claw focal bead : Length: approx. 35.64 mm = 1.40 inches Width / diameter: approx. 16.73 mm Depth: approx. 11.64 mm Perforation / hole size : varies from approx. 1.50 mm to 2.35 mm diameter Origin of gemstone beads : Indonesian Purple Chalcedony ~ cut and polished in Bali / Indonesia Black Spinel originates from Madagascar / Africa and the beads were handmade in India Indonesian Purple Chalcedony : Indonesian Purple Lavender Chalcedony Gemstone Information Indonesian Gemstones are plentiful and are often very exotic, just as the origin itself. Indonesian gems include many unique varieties. A beautiful violet purple gemstone is locally called Indonesian Grape Chalcedony. This Purple Lavender Chalcedony is also call Diackethyst or amethystine colored Chalcedony Origin of Sterling Silver beads : Handmade in Bali (Indonesia) by our in-house master silversmiths Bali granulation bead : 18K Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver Bali granulation bead made in an antique-look / traditional style (Bali granulation technique). This Vermeil bead is 3-microns 18K yellow Gold plated over solid genuine 925 Sterling Silver The body of this bead is hollow. These fine beads are handmade and each granulation is applied one by one which makes each bead a one-of-a-kind. Plating : Very thick and durable ~ 3-microns yellow Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver Hallmark stamp : This bracelet is stamped 925 for Sterling Silver on the APOLLON logo bead Quality : New and excellent Color : Various shades of black, violet purple, green, gold and silver What is a Jewelry Beetle ? : Jewel Beetle – Sternocera aequisignata Sternocera aequisignata is a species of beetles belonging to the Buprestidae family. Its bright metallic green elytra are frequently used jewelry making. The Bullet Jewel Beetle, Sternocera aequisignata, is a species of wood-boring beetle that boasts an iridescent, metallic exoskeleton varying between shades of green and blue. Like many other species of its kind (within the family Buprestidae), it can be found throughout much of East and Southeast Asia. S. aequisignata can grow to be between 1.18 and 1.97 inches, a similar size range to that of many other Buprestid beetles. THE STORY It was common in some of the ancient refined cultures of Asia to attach beetle wing pieces, especially from S. aequisignata, as an adornment to paintings, textiles… and jewelry! These earrings are a beautiful statement piece- and yes, they are composed of the elytra (modified, protective forewings) of S. aequisignata. They are surprisingly lightweight, quite durable, and absolutely gorgeous- they’re among our most popular items! Jewelry pouch : You will receive this bracelet in a exclusive satin silk and velvet pouch which was handcrafted in Bali. Hand-crafted : Our jewelry, beads and findings are made using ancient traditional techniques. Each piece is handmade and is not a machine mass produced item. Each piece, granulation or wire is applied one by one which make each piece a one-of-a-kind. Definition of GRANULATION : Old-world Gold and Silver smithing brings the past into the present with detailed surface decoration that suits antique and contemporary designs Granulation, the art of creating a surface pattern on jewelry with tiny silver or gold balls, dates back to the third millennium BC. The technique, invented in the Eastern Mediterranean and Egypt and later refined by Etruscan goldsmiths, looks as fresh and inventive today as it must have then. The process begins when wire is cut into short lengths and melted into round granules that are placed on the jewelry in the desired pattern. They’re held in place with temporary “glue” made from plant sap. In the best examples, the balls are attached permanently with heating (which evaporates the glue), not soldering. But it’s a difficult process because the temperature has to be hot enough to fuse the tiny ball to the surface, but not enough to melt the ball into an amorphous puddle. Granulation involves only high-karat Silver or Gold. The purer the material, the easier it will be to achieve the fusion required for granulation. People are instantly attracted to granulation because of the connection to ancient cultures. 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 than 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 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 : Don’t miss this opportunity to own this beautiful handcrafted bracelet 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. Depending on the viewers monitor settings, these items may appear a few shades lighter or darker in comparison to the original object. 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