Ammolite Pendant (#149)
Ammolite cab finely wrapped in 14/20 gold filled wire.
The pendant measures 1 7/8" long.
A little about Ammolite: Ammolite is found in Canada and is the mineralized shell of a ammonite (over 65-70 million years old). Although fossilized ammonites are found all over the world, supplies of the colorful iridescent gem quality ammolite are found only in southern Alberta, Canada. Only about 5% yields gemstone quality material. Ammolite is one of the rarest gem materials in the world.
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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