Gorgeous stud earrings and pendant feature genuine brilliant natural orange sphalerite, handset in sterling silver. Earrings are on posts for pierced ears. Sterling ear nuts are included. Petite minimalist pendant is prongset in pendant with rabbit-ears type bail. Gemstones are 4 mm in diameter; tctw = .85 carat. Settings are cast solid sterling silver.
This all-natural gemstone is a genuine mined-from-the-earth faceted gem. Also known as "blende", this zinc-bearing mineral rarely forms gem quality stones, and is typically quite expensive. Because sphalerite is a somewhat soft stone, it's usually only faceted for collectors and not set in jewelry. But with modest care to protect it from scratching, your stones should stay brilliant indefinitely!
It is recommended that jewelry set with this gem be stored by itself (the box it arrives in provides nice, safe and attractive storage when not being worn), where it won't impact with other jewelry.