Home | PEARLS | JEWELRY | GEMSTONE BEADS | Gemstones | ANCIENT Beads | SKULLS PENDANT GOLD VERMEIL STERLING SILVER with MAGIC SYMBOLS & CRYSTAL QUARTZ Item # : 180 2421 Type of stone : Natural Rock Crystal Quartz pendant (amulet / charm) Design : The crystal is mounted in a beautiful setting with magical symbols. Material : Genuine natural Rock Crystal Quartz and 18K Gold Vermeil over genuine solid Sterling Silver ~ 18K gold-plated / 3-microns. ` Plating : Very thick and durable ~ 3-microns 18K yellow Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver Amount : 1 (one) piece * All photos are taken from the actual item * Weight : approx. 9.22 grams Size : Average length / height: approx. 53.72 mm = 2.11 inches (including bail) Width: approx. 12.10 mm Depth: approx. 12.00 mm All measurements are taken at the widest points Bail : This pendant has a bail inside dimension of 7.60 x6.10 mm and will fit a chain, rope or cord with a diameter of 6.00 mm The cord shown in the photos is for display only and is not included. Origin : The Rock Quartz Crystal originates from Java / Indonesia and is handcrafted in Bali (Indonesia) by our in-house Balinese master carvers. The silverwork is handmade by out in-house master silversmiths. Color : Clear white and Gold Quality : Excellent Rock Crystal Quartz and new handmade gold-plated Sterling Silver design Treatment : None ~ 100 % natural Rock Crystal Quartz and natural color without any enhancements Hand-crafted : This jewelry is made using ancient traditional techniques. Each piece is handmade and is not a machine mass produced item. Each piece, silver parts and carvings are made one by one which make each piece a one-of-a-kind. Hallmark stamp : This Sterling Silver pendant is hallmark stamped 925. About Rock Crystal Quartz : Quartz – History and Introduction Rock crystal: Colorless quartz. Material that can be cut is rare. Inclusions are comprised of goethite, gold, pyrite, rutile or tourmaline. The luster is vitreous. Quartz is one of the most important minerals on earth and makes up one of the most popular gemstone groups in the world of colored stones. It is the second most abundant mineral found in Earth’s continental crust, second only to the feldspars. The name ‘quartz’ is thought to be derived from the German word ‘quarz’, which likely originated from the Slavic and Polish words meaning ‘hard’. The name is descriptive in regard to quartz being the definitive mineral that measures 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness. Other gemstones are often compared to quartz when it comes to classifying them as being hard, soft or durable. There are two main varieties of quartz, which can be further subdivided into other, more specific varietal names. All quartz gemstones share the same silicon dioxide (SiO2) chemical composition, but they have differing crystal classes and formations. The two main branches of quartz include macrocrystalline quartz and cryptocrystalline quartz. Macrocrystalline quartz includes amethyst, rock crystal, blue quartz, citrine, hawk’s eye, prasiolite, quartz cat’s eye, smoky quartz, rose quartz and tiger’s eye. Macrocrystalline quartz is typically transparent to translucent and forms with larger crystals than cryptocrystalline quartz. Cryptocrystalline quartz forms with microscopically small crystals, which in most cases cannot be seen even under magnification. Cryptocrystalline quartz intergrown with moganite, a polymorph of quartz, is referred to as chalcedony. Chalcedony actually includes a wide variety of quartz gemstones, including agate, chrysoprase, bloodstone, jasper and carnelian. Chalcedony ‘in the narrow sense’ typically refers only to lighter and single-colored chalcedony, typically bluish in color. Cryptocrystalline quartz is usually opaque or translucent in clarity. Quartz gemstones are very attractive, durable and hard. Also, in most cases, quartz is fairly inexpensive and available in very large sizes. Some quartz varieties can be extremely rare, while others are very readily available. Quartz is an extremely versatile material that can be cut and carved into many shapes and sizes. It has been used for centuries in the creation of jewelry and ornamental objects. Today, quartz is not only one of the most important gemstones in the colored stone trade, but it also has many important industrial usages. Quartz Mythology, Metaphysical and Crystal Healing Properties Leonardo da Vinci wrote that amethyst, one of the most valuable stones in the quartz family, was able to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken the intelligence. Rock crystal and smoky quartz were once used for crystal balls that disclosed the future to fortune tellers, witches and gypsies. Amethyst is the birthstone for those born in February, while citrine is a birthstone for November. In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages, people believed that the cosmos was represented by gemstones. The healing powers of gems remain a controversial issue, but have been respected for centuries by healers, shamans and medicine men. Whether these beliefs are based on fact or placebo has not been proven, but they seem to help those in need. The best approach is to wear the gemstone in contact with the skin of the troubled part of the body. Quartz is said to be of great potential benefit. 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 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 genuine Rock Crystal Quartz & 18K Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver pendant is absolutely marvelous and made with exceptional detail. The condition is new and excellent. Don’t miss this opportunity to own this beautiful 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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