Lovely Opal ring set in 22 karat yellow gold with a textured bezel. The band is made from Argentium silver, which has superior resistance to tarnishing due to the addition of Germanium in the silver. In order to achieve this resistance, the pieces must be properly heat treated prior to setting the gemstones. I do this for all my settings, including chains used in my necklaces. Another amazing property of Argentium is that the heat process increases the hardness of the metal, which creates a gorgeous high polish superior to Sterling Silver.
Gemstone: Natural Ethiopian Opal Rose Cut Cabochon Metal: Argentium Silver (935), 22ky Gold Ring Size: 6 US Included: Patria Gems box and soft bag for storing your new piece!
HANDMADE JEWELRY ------------------------------- - All my jewelry is handmade in my studio in Northern Virginia. - I love color! You will see a wide range of beautiful gemstone jewelry in my store that covers the spectrum of colors. You might not have heard of some of these stones or be familiar with the variety of colors available in the more common gemstones (like Sapphires and Aquamarines). These are all natural gemstones and any known treatments are disclosed. - My preferred medium is Argentium 935 silver. This is because I suffer from sensitive skin and find it almost impossible to wear Sterling Silver ear wires. I do have some sterling silver creations and can always swap out the ear wires for Argentium or Stainless Steel if requested.
WHAT IS ARGENTIUM SILVER? ------------------------------- Argentium silver is made with a substance called germanium oxide. While traditional Sterling silver is 92.5% Silver and 7.5% copper, Argentium silver is 93.5% silver, 5.5% copper, and 2% Germanium. Benefits of Argentium Silver over Sterling Silver are numerous! - Color - Argentium silver is closer to pure silver in color than traditional sterling silver. - Brighter - Argentium is brighter than platinum, white gold, and traditional sterling silver. When it is heat treated, the metal is hardened, which allows it to hold a higher polish than other white metals. - Tarnish Resistance - Argentium is more tarnish resistant then traditional sterling silver, specifically if it is heat treated prior to final polish to maximize the tarnish resistance. - Hypoallergenic - Heat treatment of Argentium silver brings a layer of germanium oxide to the surface that helps protect sensitive skin from the small amount of copper that typically causes irritation. - Ethically Sourced - Argentium silver is made from ethically sourced material, typically recycled silver.
14 DAY RETURNS ------------------------------ - Please contact me within 14 days for a return. - Items must be returned within 30 days of purchase.