Genuine Tahitian Black Pearl & 18K Gold Vermeil on Sterling Silver Pendant 5.14g

$142.00

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    Home | PEARLS | JEWELRY | GEMSTONE BEADS | Gemstones | ANCIENT Beads | SKULLS       BLACK TAHITIAN BAROQUE PEARL & 18K GOLD VERMEIL on SOLID 925 STERLING PENDANT           Item # : 180  2232           Type / style of pendant : Genuine Black Tahitian baroque pearl with a 18K Gold Vermeil over Sterling Silver bail         Amount : 1 (one) single piece   * All photos are taken from the actual item *       Material : Genuine organic cultured Black Tahitian baroque pearl   and 18K Gold plated solid 925 Sterling Silver   The black cord shown in some photos is not included.       Plating : 18K Gold Vermeil 3-micron Gold-plated over solid 925 Sterling Silver ~ strong and durable       Weight : approx. 5.14 grams       Dimensions : Total length of pendant: approx. 30.40 mm = 1.19 inches Width: approx. 13.85 mm Depth: approx. 13.82 mm       Dimensions of bail:     Length: approx. 7.10 mm Width: approx. 7.05 mm Depth: approx. 2.60 mm       Inside diameter of bail : approx. 4.20 mm ~ will fit a chain or rope with approx. 4.10 mm diameter       Origin of pendant : Handmade in Bali (Indonesia) by our in-house master silversmith       Hallmark stamp :   This pendant is hallmark stamped 925       Body color of pearl : Charcoal body       Overtone : Lustrous silvery charcoal black overtone with a beautiful silken glow (slightly shaded)       Luster : Excellent       Quality of Pearl : A-Grade / AA+ to AAA                        * To read more about pearls look at our custom link:  GUIDES *       Origin : Tahiti ~ French Polynesia       Treatment : None ~ 100 % organic saltwater cultured pearl and natural         Definition Tahitian Pearls : TAHITIAN PEARLS are grown in black-lipped pearl oysters (Pinctada margaritifera). The size of the oyster varies from 15 to 25 cm. It is known as variety cumingii in French Polynesia and variety galtsoffii in Hawai. Tahitian pearls don’t actually come from Tahiti, but rather from French Polynesia, and other small atolls throughout the South Pacific.   Tahitian pearls or “Black” pearls come in a variety of exotic colors. Tahitian pearls are gray to black with green, blue, rose or rainbow overtones and range from 10 to 18 mm in diameter. The largest Tahitian pearl every cultured is 26.9 millimeters in diameter.   This stunning Tahitian pearl is an inspiration from nature!   Since the dawn of civilization, pearls have been one of the most prized possessions of mankind. Like gold or jewels, they hold an irresistible allure for people as a symbol of rare beauty and wealth.   There were times when pearls were harvested one by one from wild oysters living under the sea. Today there are not many traditional divers that still search for natural pearls in this manner. Instead high-quality South Sea pearls are cultivated organically in farms in the pristine waters of Tahiti.   The color is natural and doesn’t have any enhancements.   This Tahitian black pearl is simply beautiful.   To touch this pearl is to touch the smoothness of silk!     This pearl is made by nature; nurtured by man, every individual pearl carries with it the adventure, a history and a story, unique only to pearls.         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 deposited 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 : This pendant is absolutely marvelous and made with exceptional detail.   The condition is new and excellent.         Don’t miss the opportunity to own this rare saltwater cultured Tahitian pearl designer pendant                 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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