Simbircite Pendant (#163)
Simbircite cab finely wrapped in 14/20 gold filled wire.
The pendant measures 2 1/2" long.
A little about Simbircite: Simbircite was named after the city of Simbirsk (formerly Ulyanovsk) in Central Russia. The first records of this mineral are dated back to 1765, but it received its current name in 1985. It is a conglomerate of calcite, marl, pyrite, and fragments of ammonites and other ancient sea life forms. It was mostly formed in Cretaceous period, 95-65 millions years ago.
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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