A stunning Victorian paste charm in a Maltese cross design was selected as the focal for this gemstone charm bracelet. The charm is simply exquisite, with its rosy pink paste cut into triangles, and accented by circular, clear pastes. The pastes are brilliant and clear, with the exception of one small round one that has a slight yellow tone (it appears to be a replacement, but does not detract from the beauty. I am mentioning only for accuracy). Each paste is set in a detailed milgrain surround, and the metal is not marked, but tested for silver. So, what exactly is "paste", you may ask? Paste jewelry is essentially hand cut glass. It was invented in 1730, by a French jeweler named Georges Frédéric Strass. Since aristocrats in Europe flaunted and desired precious gemstones, Strass came up with a way to reproduce the look for a much affordable price. Paste is a kind of leaded glass that he cut and polished with metal powder until it appeared to shimmer like a diamond in the light. These white “diamante” or “strass” were a hit with glamorous Parisian high society, and remained popular during the Victorian era. Because there was such a high level of artistry and craftsmanship in cutting and faceting the paste, it was completely appropriate to use the material in precious metals such as silver and gold.
The paste Maltese cross has been accented by exquisite AAA gemstones wrapped in oxidized sterling silver wire, and placed on a heavy gauge link chain also of oxidized sterling silver. The gemstones include teardrops of pink topaz teardrops, clear crystal quartz rondelles, and black rutilated quartz heart briolettes. An infinity clasp serves as the closure, and the bracelet measures approximately 7".
There is also some interesting history and symbolism behind the Maltese cross. "The Maltese Cross formally adopted by the Knights Hospitallers of St. John in 1126, stylistically owes its origins to the crosses used in the crusades, when it was identified as the symbol of the “Christian warrior”: Its eight points denote the eight obligations or aspirations of the knights, namely “to live in truth, have faith, repent one’s sins, give proof of humility, love justice, be merciful, be sincere and whole-hearted, and to endure persecution”." (credit to the website Maltauncovered.com)
Your "Aspiration" bracelet will ship USPS Priority Mail in the US, and will be packaged in a lovely gift box tied with ribbon. To view the other bracelets in my shop, please visit here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thebijoubabe?ref=si_shop§ion_id=5561203
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I do accept layaway! Ninety days, with 1/3 deposit. Deposits are not refundable on custom orders.
I ship all packages by USPS with tracking and insurance (in the US, please read on for international policies)the next day, after I receive your payment. I will notify you with the delivery confirmation details to either your personal email, or thru the "conversation" system on Etsy once your item has shipped.
For my international customers: I ship United States Postal Service first class delivery. Please contact me if you would like to add insurance to your package, as I do not include it in the shipping price. I will contact you to advise you when your package has shipped, usually within a day or two of having received payment. Please be advised that you may be charged a custom tax upon receipt of your goods from the United States.
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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
If for some reason, you are not completely delighted with your purchase, please contact me within 3 days of receiving your jewelry to make an exchange or receive a full refund. The merchandise must be unworn and in original condition in order for me to accept it as a return. Please convo me or email me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com for return instructions. Shipping charges are non-refundable nor included on returns. Custom designs, or my designs that were altered per your request (lengthening or shortening, color changes, or other design alterations) are final sales. Deposits for custom designs are also non-refundable. All custom designs are photographed and sent to you for your approval prior to shipping, if something needs to be adjusted once you receive it, I'll be happy to re-work it to your satisfaction.
I welcome custom orders! Please send me an Etsy 'conversation' to let me know what you had in mind and I will be thrilled to work with you. A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin all custom orders, which is non-refundable. Please allow more time for completion and shipping of custom orders, as some materials may need to be special ordered for you. All custom orders are provided with photographs and conversations along the design process. The order is not complete until the client (you!) have approved of the final design. Balance is due once you are completely satisfied with the finished piece.
I offer wholesale discounts to licensed, retail businesses. If you are interested in carrying my jewelry in your boutique, please contact me at thebijoubabe [!at] gmail.com to discuss.
I love to work with clients on custom orders! A minimum 50% deposit is required to begin work, and the balance is due upon completion and client's approval . Photos are sent for the client to select materials (if applicable) and once completed, photos are sent for client's approval.
Many people have misconceptions about vermeil, because they confuse it with "gold plate". However, they are vastly different! 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. In contrast, "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.
No! Gold-filled is constructed in two or three layers. The core metal is jewelers’ brass. 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 the gold-filled used in my designs is 14kt. It is a beautiful and affordable alternative to solid gold.
Artisan jewelry is not mass produced, and needs to be cared for properly. Please do not wear your jewelry to sleep, bathe, or swim in. A great rule of thumb is to accessorize with your jewelry last! Be sure to apply perfume and hair products before putting on your precious jewels. Vermeil and sterling silver jewelry will tarnish, so to help keep that to a minimum, please store your jewelry in the box provided when not worn. While gold fill jewelry does not tarnish in the same way, it is a good idea to also protect it in a box, to help prevent scratching or damaging of any wire wrapped pieces. To clean, you can use a mild jeweler's cleaner that is safe for gemstones and gold. Please do NOT dip pearls, opals, or any other porous stone.