Rhodochrosite Pendant (#15)
Rhodochrosite cab finely wrapped in 14/20 gold filled wire.
The pendant measures 1 7/8" long.
A little about Rhodochrosite: Much of the banded form of Rhodochrosite comes from Argentina, where the Rhodochrosite forms as stalagmites and stalactites in ancient Inca Silver mines and caves. Rhodochrosite has a beautiful natural pink color, however, it is nota durable gemstone because of its low hardness. It is easily scratched, and care must be ensured to protect it.
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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