APRICOT SHELL SNAKE STRETCH BRACELET, GOLD VERMEIL STERLING BEADS & EMERALD SKU / Item # : 181 0033 Type of Bracelet : Show Off Your Wild Side Handmade beaded stretch bracelet Design : Ornate three-dimensionally carved Python snake head and beads in exceptional detail Material : 18K Gold Vermeil over 925 Sterling Silver, natural Apricot Trumpet shell, and genuine natural green Emerald gemstones Gemstones : Two genuine natural untreated green Emerald ~ round 1.8 mm diameter, brilliant cut in excellent quality with just minor natural inclusions (si) ~ from Zambia / Africa The Diamonds are bezel-set in 18K Gold Vermeil over solid genuine 925 Sterling Silver Plating : Very thick and durable ~ 3-microns 18K yellow Gold Vermeil over solid 925 Sterling Silver Amount : 1 (one) single piece * All photos are taken from the actual item * Weight : approx. 36.99 grams Size of Beads : Snake head bead (1 piece) approx. 37.04 x 19.21 x 11.95 mm Body beads (9 pieces) approx. 15.68 x 10.23 x 10.10 mm All measurements are taken at the widest points Size of Vermeil beads : Bali granulation Gold Vermeil Silver beads (10 pieces) approx. 4.00 mm to 4.20 diameter width / thickness from hole to hole approx. 3.20 mm to 3.30 mm Size of bracelet : approx. 6 ½ inches = 16 cm Color : Apricot various shades, gold and green Origin : The shell used for this carving originates from Sumbawa Island / Indonesia and is hand-carved in Bali by our in-house master craftsmen The Sterling Silver work is handmade by Balinese silversmiths Quality : New and excellent Treatment of shell : 100 % natural shell which is hand-carved and polished Hallmark stamp : This bracelet is not hallmark stamped 925, Because of the limited space Hand-crafted : This bracelet is made using 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. Type of shell : Apricot Trumpet Shell ~ Syrinx aruanus, common name the Australian trumpet or false trumpet, is a species of extremely large sea snail measuring up to 91 cm long and weighing up to 18 kg. It is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Turbinellidae, and is the only species in the genus Syrinx. This is the largest living snail (shelled gastropod) species in the world, and arguably the largest (heaviest) gastropod in the world. Although the shell itself is quite well known to shell collectors because of its extraordinary size, little is known about the ecology and behavior of the species, except for one study about its feeding habits. This species occurs in the northern half of Australia and adjacent areas, including eastern Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. These giant snails live on sandy bottoms in the intertidal zone and the sublittoral down to about 30 meters. It has not been over fished and this snail is locally very common. It is fished for food / consumption. 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 : Don’t miss this opportunity to own this beautiful handcrafted piece of art 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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