Azurite/Malachite Pendant (#182)
Azurite/Malachite cab finely wrapped in 14/20 gold filled wire.
The pendant measures 1 1/2" long.
A little about Azurite/Malachite: These minerals are copper carbonates and the gemstone material is usually found in major copper mines. The material used for these designer cabochons comes from the Morenci Copper Mine in Arizona. Azurite is a rich blue and malachite is green. Both colors are due to the presence of copper (a strong coloring agent).
A little about the wire used: Gold-filled wire consists of a layer of karat gold bonded to a base metal using heat and pressure. 14/20 GF is the designation for 14 Karat Gold-Filled. The 14 refers to the karat of the layer of precious metal bonded to the base metal. The 1/20th indicates the ratio of karat gold to base metal by weight (5%). Gold-Filled wire is significantly advantageous from a cost stand point. It allows you to provide the look and durability of solid karat products at a fraction of the cost.
Gold-Filled items will have the same appearance and can last years. It should not be compared to gold-plated materials. Plated products have a fraction of the layer of gold and do not wear nearly as well.
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