Fount of Grace
Gold Vermeil French Auspice Maria Necklace-Large
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Our elegantly detailed Auspice Maria pendant features an intertwining "A" and "M" to represent Auspice Maria, the Blessed Mother's signature monogram. Auspice Maria is Latin for "Under the Protection of Mary." The crown on top signifies Our Lady, as Queen of Heaven. Our pendant design originates from an old French medal intended to commemorate the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. It measures 1" or 26mm, without the bail. Shown with elongated 18" chain, sold separately.
What is Vermeil? (And why you should own some!)
Vermeil jewelry is becoming extremely popular because it looks like pure gold to the naked eye. It provides the perfect blend of exceptional quality and affordability. Vermeil (pronounced “ver-may”) is sometimes confused with gold plating, however, industry standards including the thickness and quality of the gold are what really sets vermeil jewelry apart from simple gold plated pieces. The thickness of the gold portion must be a hefty 2.5 microns (we use 3 microns!) and the gold portion must be 14, 18 or 24 karats. Another key quality factor is that a vermeil piece must have a sterling silver base (instead of brass or cheaper metals).
If you want to build a collection of high-quality jewelry without the pure gold price tag, gold vermeil is a fantastic option.
Each of our exclusive pendants is designed in-house using high-end CAD programs to design the jewelry and CAM tooling to produce exquisite details. Once molded, the pieces are cast and finished by hand to ensure excellence!