Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral Bead Pendant & 24k Gold Vermeil On 925 Silver
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Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral Bead Pendant & 24k Gold Vermeil On 925 Silver:
Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral BEAD Pendant & 24K Gold Vermeil on 925 Silver
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INDONESIAN AGATIZED FOSSIL CORAL FOCAL BEAD PENDANT & 24K GOLD VERMEIL on 925 SILVER
Type of gemstone
RARE ~ genuine natural Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral
Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral with a 24K Gold Vermeil on solid 925 Sterling Silver bail
The Gold Vermeil bail of this pendant is 24K yellow Gold plated on solid 925 Sterling Silver ~ very strong and durable 3-microns!
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approx. 15.45 grams
approx. 0.83 grams
Size of gemstone
approx. 45.00 x 32.99 x 5.57 mm
Total length including bail
approx. 54.74 mm (= approx. 2.15 inches)
Inside diameter of pendant bail
approx. 9.10 x 8.15 mm
Opaque gemstone with a very smooth silken polish
None / 100 % natural stone and 100% natural color
Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral
Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral
Fossil coral is a natural stone that is formed when ancient coral is gradually replaced with agate. The proper name for this material is Agatized Coral or Agatized Fossil Coral. The fossilized coral typically appears as small flower-like patterns in the stone.
Agatized Fossil Coral can exhibit a wide range of natural colors, ranging from white and pink to brown, gray, black, yellow and red. Corals may vary widely within a single stone depending on weathering and oxidation and the original mineral content.
Corals are among the most colorful animals in the sea. Most corals live in warm, shallow, tropical seas and feed on plankton. The oldest fossil corals are from the Ordovican period, over 450 million years ago. Corals are marine animals with a sac-like body, mouth, tentacles and skeleton. It is the skeleton that survives in the fossil record. Corals may be solitary or found in large colonies.
In some cases corals were buried in sediment as the land surface was affected by crustal plate movements or the oceans rose and fell. Temperature and pressure from compaction during burial resulted in those deposits becoming rock and part of the present day geological record.
Agate, also known as chalcedony, is a type of cryptocrystalline quartz or silicon dioxide. Under unique geological conditions, prehistoric corals and mollusks can fossilize by being replaced with agate from silica-rich ground water percolating through limestone.
Of the varieties of fossilized corals found throughout the world exquisitely detailed specimens from the mountains of Indonesia are among the most unique. In Indonesia, entire coral heads are often completely preserved and appear just as they did 20 million years ago, although their density is much changed by replacement with silica, iron, manganese and other minerals. There are fern corals, brain corals, hex corals, honeycomb corals and many more.
Agatized Fossil Coral pieces are sought by gemstone and fossil collectors around the world, as well as being used in beads and other jewelry. Since agate is fairly hard (7 on the Mohs scale) and very durable, Agatized Fossil Coral is most suitable for all kinds of jewelry.
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 karat (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 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 their 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.
The unbelievable beauty and splendor of this rare Agatized Fossil Coral bead could make a part of a beautiful designer necklace or other jewelry.
Our 24K Gold Vermeil on solid 925 Sterling Silver findings are absolutely marvelous and made with exceptional detail.
The 24K Gold Vermeil pendant bail is made out of solid 925 Sterling Silver and is very strong 3-micron Gold plated.
The condition is new and excellent.
This pendant comes with a black satin rope with a length of approx. 10 cm ( = approx. 43 inches). The satin rope is not knotted at the back and does not have any clasp.
You can attach a clasp or knot it to the length you need.
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