This stamped charm was created in pure silver (99.9%) using a wax stamp. The image is of the Tree of Life, and is exquisitely detailed. Each branch unfurls delicately from the sturdy trunk, creating a lovely & meaningful image in fine silver. The Tree of Life has been used symbolically in many religions, philosophies & mythologies, from all across the globe. There is even a basis in science and has been referenced by many, including Charles Darwin. I love the fact that it seems to be such a unifying concept in so many different cultures throughout the world. To create the charm in pure silver, I use Metal Clay, a relatively new medium which consists of tiny particles of pure silver in a clay base. After each piece is created, I fire it in my kiln. During the firing process, the clay medium burns away, leaving a silver ingot with less than 1% impurities. As opposed to sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% alloy metals. After being fired in the kiln, each insignia is oxidized and sanded to bring out the fine detail, then tumbled overnight to ensure strength and to achieve a high shine. Because fine silver is so pure, it is generally resistant to tarnishing and requires a minimum of care. I recommend gently cleaning with a soft cloth as needed. The finished insignia measures approximately 5/8 of an inch. It is finished with a jump ring which will allow it to fit easily on most chains or a leather cord or ribbon. Please note that this listing is for the pendant ONLY. If you are interested in a listing with a chain, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with chains currently available and the cost. Each piece will arrive with a story card explaining briefly about the process of creating this unique pendant. Your pendant will arrive in a little box with anti-tarnish padding, perfect for storing your new treasure or ready for any gift-giving occasion.