Details: ±9,00ct. Agate, Silver Ring.
Dispatches from a small business in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Size: 17.53 NL / 55.1 FR / 7¼ US / O UK, sizeable (Within reason. Contact seller for information).
Dimensions: 20 x 15.5 mm.
Weight in grams: 7.
Jewelers frequently employ precious metals and stones, but contemporary jewellery can be made from a variety of materials. As a result, traditional jewellery models take on a more contemporary look. Contemporary jewellery, in contrast to classic jewellery, reflects the tastes of the day. This provides the jewellery a distinct personality that places it between fashionable high-street jewellery and traditionally made works of art. You'll need both specialised training and in-depth subject knowledge to create contemporary jewellery. The contemporary aesthetic honours historical creativity while incorporating new innovations.
The name agate is derived from the Achatus river in Sicily (now named the Dirillo river) where large amounts of this gem were discovered as early as 300 BC. During the Gallic wars, agate deposits were discovered along the Nahe river (a tributary to the Rhine) in Germany. The gem-cutting facilities set up there by the Romans survive to present day and, although the deposits are now depleted, Idar-Oberstein – on the Nahe river – is still the major lapidary center of Europe. Today the agates cut there are imported from Brazil and other locations.
Silver is a white metallic element, harder than gold, softer than copper and second only to gold in malleability and ductility. Represented on the Periodic Table of the Elements by the symbol Ag, silver is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Silver is considered one of the noble metals because of it is excellent resistance to oxidation. Historically, silver has played a prominent role in the production of jewelry an objets d'art and is usually alloyed with another metal to harden it enough to maintain the desired shape and details imparted to it.