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Bring nature's enchantment to your jewelry collection! Crafted in oxidized sterling silver, this pin-pendant features a beautiful hammered butterfly design that can also be worn as a necklace. The pin-pendant measures 1-3/8"L x 1-5/8"W and comes with an 18"L fancy link snake chain. Completed with a 2"L extender lobster clasp. So versatile, this piece makes the perfect gift.
About Butterfly Symbolism:
Like flowers and hearts, butterflies are a popular design element in jewelry today. They are graceful, feminine and delicate and likewise embody these very qualities. As a personal totem, butterflies represent concepts of transformation, freedom and creativity. To early Christians, it represented the soul. An individual chooses an animal totem by the attributes associated with it, often through self analysis, awareness or observation. At times they reflect our emotional needs or state of mind.
Part of the Passage to Israel Collection. Made in Israel.
Sterling silver, also called fine silver, is a beautifully lustrous cool-toned precious metal favored in fine jewelry among other products. The most reflective of all metals (excluding mercury), sterling silver looks stunning by itself and brings out the best hues in an array of colorful gemstones.
Sterling silver can be polished to a higher sheen than platinum. In fact, Ag, the chemical symbol for silver, comes from a word that means “white and shining.” The surface of silver can boast that shiny, polished appearance, or can be brushed, satin, matte, sandblasted, antiqued or oxidized (chemically blackened).
In order to be called sterling silver, a metal must be made up of a minimum of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% alloy (meaning other metals), including but not limited to copper and nickel. The alloy is added to pure silver to make the metal more durable, tougher and harder. Sterling silver is designated a fineness of “925.” Pieces with sterling silver may be marked “sterling.”
Finishes on Sterling Silver
Finishing, or plating, is a common treatment with sterling silver. Popular types of plating are rhodium plating, gold plating and anti-tarnish plating. Plating is used to extend the life and sheen of the jewelry. After sizing or buffing a piece of jewelry with a machine, it must be re-plated to restore the finish.
Caring for Sterling Silver
Sterling silver becomes tarnished as the result of a natural chemical process that occurs when sterling silver is exposed to chemicals in the air, rubber, wool and latex. Humidity also plays a role in accelerating tarnishing. It's easy to keep your sterling silver sparkling, though, by taking a few steps to prevent tarnish and other wear and tear.