Enjoy this authentic handcrafted Star of Alaska covellite whale tail pendant. Handcrafted in 14 karat gold setting. Our exclusive covellite with veins of gold pyrite is mined in the Kennicott Mines in the Wrangell-St. Elias Mountain Range, now a National Park & Preserve. It is some of the highest grade covellite found in the world. One-of-a-kind. Includes a certificate of authenticity.
All pieces of covellite are hand cut to fit the jewelry design then properly shined using 6 different jewelry polishing wheels. Because covellite found in nature is rare and one-of-a-kind you will receive the product pictured with very slight variations in veining. All jewelry is backed by the manufacturer.
If this item is not in stock our jeweler will make it in 4-6 weeks and ship it straight to your door.
Star of Alaska Guide
The Star of Alaska’s beauty reflects its local lineage and is fully indigenous from "the last frontier." It is a gem-quality stone, originally mined at the historic Kennecott Mine, once owned by J.P. Morgan and the Guggenheim family and located in the remote wilderness of the Wrangell-St. Elias mountain range. Rosemary Libert through her Star of Alaska line has taken these gems and transformed them into exquisite pieces with rich Alaskan ancestry.
This gem quality material is not commercially mined in Alaska and is increasingly rare, difficult to find, and highly sought after by gem collectors. The production from the Kennecott Mine is considered the finest quality Star of Alaska in the world because it was found in large, pure, massive pieces. The mine, which opened in 1906, closed permanently in 1938, making the gems scarce. For years, the stones for the original pieces were in a private estate. Rosemary continues to work with Alaskan rock and mineral collectors to source this amazing mineral.
For those looking for a piece of jewelry that beautifully captures the wonders of the wide open Alaskan skiy and expansive wilderness, the Star of Alaska is perfect: intense beauty, rare quality, and locally sourced.
Look for the registered *A* stamp on the back of each fine piece, your assurance of authentic Star of Alaska fine jewelry.
Karat Definition and Guide
Karat values range from 24K down to 9k. The gold content on anything 8k or less is so low that it wouldn't be considered solid gold jewelry.
Technically you should never depend solely on a gold hallmark to determine gold value. Some people will illegally mark plated gold with 14K gold stampings to try to sell for a profit.
Ranges of Karat Values
Karat vs. Carat
The term carat, spelled with a "c," is often confused with the term karat. They are both pronounced the same, but carat refers to the weight of a gemstone. You could have a 1.5-carat diamond set in an 18 karat gold setting.
The karat system is used to measure the amount of pure gold found in solid gold jewelry. In the US, numbers are associated with the percentage of pure gold in a piece.
Solid Gold vs. Pure Gold
The phrase "solid gold jewelry" is a misnomer because, most times, this jewelry is not made up of solid gold. This term references jewelry that has a gold alloy throughout the entire piece.
On the other hand, the phrase "pure gold jewelry" is used to describe jewelry that is made up entirely of gold with little to no alloys present.
How a Gold Alloy is Formed
A portion of the gold is mixed with different alloys or metals, which creates a specific formula. Each gold color, like white gold or rose gold, uses a different combination of alloys.
Karat Used in Costume Jewelry
The term karat is also used on gold filled and gold plated jewelry. Even though these pieces are not solid gold, the gold portion of the jewelry has a certain percentage of pure gold designated through karats.
Expert Tip: If your piece of jewelry is marked 14KGF or 10KGF, that is a common indication that the item is gold filled and is not solid gold. However, the marking 14KP or 14KP does not necessarily mean gold plated. It also can stand for 14K gold plumb, which is solid gold.
If your piece of jewelry has a P in the marking, be sure to have the gold tested.
These values are primarily used on gold from the United States. You will see a lot of 22k gold and 9k gold in other countries. Gold jewelry from other countries may have an entirely different set of gold marking.