Saturday, April 2, 2011

Shadora Ruby and White Topaz Sterling Silver Heart Pendant Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to bring you another review and giveaway from Shadora. If you are unfamiliar with Shadora, they are a wonderful company that sells genuine silver, gold, diamond and gemstone jewelry for a small fraction of the retail cost. A VERY small fraction of the cost. We are talking a $279.99 necklace for $29.99! They always have many beautiful items listed for $20. Shadora makes it to where ANYONE can afford great jewelry. They are constantly listing new products and they don't keep the same item listed for more than 30 days. So, there is always a great and new selection to choose from.

I received the Ruby and White Topaz Sterling Silver Heart Pendant. This beautiful pendant has a total gem weight of 3/4 carat. It comes on a 18 inch long sterling silver chain. Here is the product description from Shadora: "Love is the underlying theme of this distinctive heart pendant. Featuring ruby gemstones set in an intricate sterling silver openwork design that is studded with dazzling white topaz accents, the classically elegant piece of jewelry will complement any wardrobe."

This necklace has a value of $189.99 and is for sale on Shadora for only $19.99! That is 89% off...a $170 savings. Wow! The first thing I noticed about this necklace is that the pendant is a decent size. Shadora does not list the measurements and a lot of time with other jewelry companies when the size is not listed, it is a small pendant. The heart is just under 1 inch wide and about the same size long.

I also love the way it looks against my skin! The holes in the pendant give an unexpected added depth to the piece. The holes fill in with your flesh and make the pendant look slightly 3D. It is really pretty.

The Sterling Silver heart and chain are well made. I have wore this necklace several times with no problems. The chain is 18 inches long and falls perfectly to display the pendant. There are 6 nicely sized rubies on the pendant and they appear to be nice stones (although not exactly the color you expect..see below). Their are only three very small white topaz's that are really hard to see with the human eye (I double checked with a magnifying glass). The pendant is texturized around the arches that they are on to give it the illusion of having more stones. The white topaz and the texturized arches do however add a nice glitter to the pendant.

There are only a few minor things that I dislike about the pendant (and they are not deal breakers, especially at this price). First of all, the pendant only works from the front. The back is not meant to be seen and I am one of those people that is always getting her necklace flipped over. Luckily, the necklace is heavy enough and well weighted to were it doesn't happen much with this piece. The second thing I dislike is the color of the Rubies. They are more of a pinkish red color than the deep dark red that most people think of when they hear "ruby". It is true that rubies can be pink too, I just prefer the brilliant red. Despite these things, I would still buy this necklace in a heartbeat. It is beautiful!


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Disclaimer: I received the listed product(s) in exchange for this review. I was compensated in no other way. The thoughts here are my own honest opinions.