18CT WHITE GOLD FINE 1.16ct DIAMOND HOOPS
Superbly made 18ct White Gold Diamond Hoops. Secure scrolled butterflies make these hoops (strictly speaking, demi-hoops) suitable for everyday wear, so just click and go. With a timeless design, these earrings make the perfect gift or treat for yourself! The fiery Diamonds are G colour, VS-SI1 clarity, cut-down set, and decorate the front outer and back inner hemispheres of the hoops. 40mm in diameter, 1.16ct of Diamonds in total, and 8.5g in weight.
Also Available in 18ct Yellow and Rose Gold.
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White Gold is an alloy of Gold and at least one white metal (usually nickel, Silver, or Palladium). White gold's properties vary depending on the metals used and their proportions. The term White Gold is used very loosely in the industry to describe karat Gold alloys with a whitish hue. The term "white" covers a large spectrum of colours that borders or overlaps pale yellow, tinted brown, and even very pale rose. The alloys used in the jewellery industry are Gold–Palladium–Silver and Gold–Nickel–Copper–Zinc. The nickel used in some White Gold alloys can cause an allergic reaction when worn over long periods (also notably on some wristwatch casings). Gold is rarely pure Gold, even before another metal is added to make a White Gold alloy and often contains a mercury alloy from its production, which can cause an allergic reaction. Where possible I source my White Gold from within the EU where the usual mix is the former. It is impossible to know the mix in a preloved or vintage item, sadly; I usually have the item re-plated with Rhodium to minimise any risk. All new White Gold items are enhanced with Rhodium plating. To preserve this plating, avoid swimming in your jewellery as chlorine, in particular, can cause faster degradation. Chlorine is present in small amounts in tap water, so it is best to avoid getting your jewellery wet where possible. It is a simple matter to have items re-plated.
Diamonds are dated by analyzing inclusions using the decay of radioactive isotopes. Those found in kimberlites have ages ranging from 1 to 3.5 billion years, and there can be multiple ages in the same kimberlite, indicating multiple episodes of Diamond formation. Although Diamonds on Earth are rare, they are very common in space. Sufficiently small Diamonds can form in the cold of space because their lower surface energy makes them more stable than graphite. High-pressure experiments predict that large quantities of Diamonds condense from methane into a "Diamond rain" on the ice giant planets Uranus and Neptune. Diamonds may exist in carbon-rich stars, particularly white dwarfs. Diamonds formed in stars may have been the first minerals.
While hoop earrings of all sizes and styles seem to be having a moment, there are many jewellery lovers and historians who would argue the style has always been in vogue. Dating as far back as the bronze age – particularly the Minoan civilization (c. 2700 to c. 1100 BC) – hoop earrings were created in Gold, Silver, and, you guessed it, bronze. Hoop earrings can also be traced back to 4th century Africa – particularly to Nubia – which is now the country of Sudan. Not only has the hoop earring held its own in ancient history but it also found a place in both pop culture and street culture, where it largely remains today. In the 1960s, hoops were a common accessory for women of colour, but hoops were also worn by entertainers of that era, too; singers like Cher and Diana Ross were often seen donning hoops under glorious heads of rich, dark hair. However, in the 80s and 90s, as rap and R&B gained a greater role in the modern music scene, hoop earrings were associated with urban styles and were often decorated with gemstones, names, or phrases. A hoop is a circle, and while hoop earrings have to open at some point in order for them to be placed on an ear, the idea of the circle is that it is infinite, like time. The circle is the ultimate symbol of life having no beginning and no end. It will be interesting to see which icons of tomorrow will be shown pictured wearing hoop earrings when society looks back on the styles of this century. It is a style that spans culture and ages, and likely will continue to for centuries to come.