A multi -strand, (six, to be exact!) tourmaline bracelet, peppered with tiny "charms" of tourmaline coins on top of ornate *vermeil headpins. Gorgeous shades of multi tourmaline, with varying shades of green and pink. Each strand is strung on professional beading wire, and is finished with a beautiful, filigree box clasp made of 14k *gold fill. Approximately 8" in length, but fits slightly more snug due to the multiple strands. Your "Confetti" bracelet will ship USPS Priority Mail with tracking in the US. International buyers, please contact me for upgraded shipping if you wish to include tracking. Thank you for shopping with The Bijou Babe!
*What is vermeil? Vermeil must meet the FTC standard of 100 millionths of an inch (2 ½ microns) of fine gold layered over sterling silver. In order for a piece to be labeled legally as "vermeil", the item must not be less than 10 karat gold and have a substantial thickness, with a minimum thickness of 2 ½ microns. A Vermeil piece of jewelry is made entirely of precious metals, which gives the piece an intrinsic value. *Is "vermeil" the same as "gold plate"? Absolutely not! In contrast to vermeil, which is a regulated layer of gold (a minimum of 2 ½ microns) over a precious metal…sterling silver, "gold plating" is a miniscule layer of solid gold applied to a brass base. The plating does not compose any measurable proportion of the product’s total weight, and is estimated to be 0.05% or less of the metal product. Gold plating will wear off rather quickly and expose the brass base product. *How to care for vermeil jewelry: While vermeil jewelry may tarnish (the base is sterling silver, a precious metal that tarnishes!), it is easily cleaned and will remain beautiful, if cared for properly. For starters, I recommend storing your artisan jewelry in the box provided to you when you purchased your jewelry, or you can store it in an airtight bag, such as a Ziploc. This is a trick I learned years ago while being employed at a hand crafted jewelry boutique, where I got my start! Exposure to the elements (including humidity, pollution, dust, etc) will dull ALL jewelry, so keep your treasures looking beautiful by wiping gently with a dry, soft jeweler's cloth. Please, NO harsh chemicals, as it may not only damage the vermeil, but some gemstones, as well. In addition, perfume and hair spray should be applied PRIOR to putting on your jewelry (again, this goes for ALL jewelry, not just vermeil!). Finally, never, ever bathe or swim while wearing your jewelry. *What is gold-filled? Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. Single clad gold-filled has all the gold content in a single layer on one side. Double clad gold-filled splits the gold content into surface layers on both sides of the material. The gold alloy is then bonded to one or both surfaces of the brass core with heat and pressure. The bonded raw material is then sold as sheet or wire to jewelry manufacturers for use in designs. Gold-filled is legally required to contain 5% or 1/20 gold by weight. This 5% is then described by the karatage of the gold alloy. Most gold-filled is 12kt or 14kt gold-filled, all of my designs listed as gold filled are 14kt gold filled. Vermeil and gold filled are beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold, and will retain its beauty, if cared for properly. However, if solid gold is your preference, please contact me for a custom order and pricing!