Inspired by medieval rosette metalwork, this necklace stations of alternating natural rubies and freshwater pearls on delicate 14k gold filled chain. Wire-wrapped in clusters of four, the rubies and pearls are all-natural, with no dyes or color treatments.
The necklace measures approximately 19 inches, and is finished with a 14k gold filled lobster claw clasp.
I use the highest quality filled gold for Gewgaws & Gimcracks jewelry. It has a higher gold content than alternatives like plated gold and vermeil.
Gold plating uses an electrostatic process to deposit a thin layer of gold over base metal like brass or copper. Because the gold layer is so thin, it is easily scratched and tends to tarnish quickly, so I don't recommend it for everyday wear (especially if you have metal allergies or sensitivities).
Gold vermeil is a more expensive version of gold plating; it involves a thin layer of gold over sterling silver. As with plated gold, vermeil is easily scratched and abraded, and tends to tarnish with regular wear.
Filled gold (also called ‘gold overlay’ or ‘rolled gold’) involves multiple layers of gold that are bonded mechanically to a base metal. It is stronger and more tarnish resistant than vermeil or plated gold. If you don't want to pay for solid gold, gold filled jewelry is the best alternative for pieces you wear often.
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