Sonora Sunset Pendant (#P-23-105)
Sonora Sunset cab finely wrapped in 14/20 gold filled wire.
The pendant measures 3" long.
A little about Sonora Sunset : The blue/green is Chrysocolla, the red is Cuprite (but it also has Chalcotrichite which is the orange/red), and the black is iron. This semi-precious material is known as "Sonora Sunset" or "Sonora Sunrise". This material is from the Millpillas Mine in Sonora, Mexico. The mine opened in 2006. Though most copper mines are open pit mines, this material is covered by 1000 feet of gravel.
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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