Colourful Rhodonite Crafted in Sterling Silver
- Polished rhodonite cabochon crafted in sterling silver
- Hand-made jewellery crafted by skilled artisans
- Small firescale mark in the setting
- On sale in the Bargain Basement
- Returns accepted (T&C's apply)
- Same day dispatch
Rich scarlett coloured rhodonite pendant crafted as a ladies pendant necklace in a hand-made sterling silver setting. Despite being highly polished this cabochon has a slightly faded appearance which is the reason it attracted our attention. Black inclusions of manganese oxide which are common in rhodonite can be seen on both sides of the stone. The markings which give rhodonite a particularly unique appearance can vary in size from the tiniest dot to swathes that can mask the natural colour of the stone almost completely.
The reason for this pendant necklace being added to our collection of sale jewellery in the Bargain Basement is because there's a small firescale mark in the silver which can just about be seen in our second photo. It's more prominent in the photo because of our zoom lense and studio lighting but when looking directly at the silver it's not immediately noticeable. Firescale often resembles a tea stain and can occur whilst the silver is being worked on at very high temperatures. It's caused because of an interaction between the metal and oxygen and only becomes more visible as the metal tarnishes. Keeping silver covered with a soft piece of material helps to minimise the build up of tarnish which is also caused because of an interaction between the metal and pollutants in the atmosphere. The process is similar to what happens to an apple if it's not eaten quickly.
Weight (grams) : 20.1
Size (cms) : 3.7 x 2.8 x 0.8