Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral Bead Pendant & 24k Gold Vermeil On 925 Silver For Sale
Indonesian Agatized Fossil Coral BEAD Pendant & 24K Gold Vermeil on 925 Silver
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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!
* All photos are taken from the
actual item *
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
Inside diameter of pendant bail
approx. 9.10 x 8.15 mm
Opaque gemstone with a very smooth silken
None / 100 % natural stone and 100%
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Don’t miss the
opportunity to own this beautiful gemstone 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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