I'm constantly picking up (and buying!) cut gemstones if I go to a trade show; I'd had this one a couple of years,before finally breaking out the big torch and creating the setting for it.
It's a substantial piece, with the stone measuring 39mm x 26mm and the whole pendant 50.5 mm x 30.5mm
The silver used was less than 7.78g, so I hadn't sent it for hallmarking - however, since making and photographing this and posting the listing, I sent the piece with my latest batch to London for Assay, and it now has my full UK hallmark on the back :-)
Currently it comes with a simple rope chain of either 16 or 18 inches (photographed on my neck with a 16 inch one) - take your pick at check out.
All the sterling silver used when making this pendant is certified eco, recycled sterling silver.
Ruby Zoisite, sterling silver fluid teardrop necklace
Sterling Silver will eventually oxidise or tarnish. It's a natural process that can be slowed down by regular wear and by keeping unworn items away from the atmosphere. If you leave your jewellery out on display, this oxidisation will be faster. You can polish up your items, with a soft cloth, some silver polish, or a buffing cloth such as Town Talk, which is readily available from any high street jewellers in the UK
Fine silver is 99.9% silver, and because of this the tarnish rate is much, much slower. Again, a buff should do the job for polishing it back up. If I have patinated your silver already, be gentle when buffing!
Each piece should stand up to regular wear, but , as with all jewellery, please remove it before washing, using chemicals or applying perfume etc
Apply body lotion and perfume a few minutes before putting on your jewellery to help slow down tarnish
The sterling silver used in these items was sold to me by my bullion dealer as certified recycled.
The gemstones I use have been sold to me by reputable dealers as untreated (unless stated specifically in the listing). They are a natural, organic creation from the earth and each one will be slightly different. You can see examples of this on my Facebook page.
I select the stones that I think go together best for each project, hence my comments that each item is individual.