Cabochon & Fancy Oval Options and FAQ
The term 'cabochon' simply refers to a smooth, non-faceted stone, most typically with a flat back and oval in shape. They may be either natural gemstones or man-made. Due to the large variance in materials, the Moh's hardness of each cabochon will vary. For your convenience, when you hover over a particular cabochon option below, we will tell you its name and also its Moh's (hardness) rating. As our cabochons are either handmade or made by mother nature, each one is one-of-a-kind, and color & pattern variation is to be expected.
Fancy Ovals refer to large, faceted crystals that are oval in shape and have pointed backs. These are man-made and from the same manufacturers that supply our crystals.
Cabochon and Fancy Oval availability is subject to change at any time. We try our absolute best to keep our stock on-hand, however, if a color is ordered that becomes unavailable, we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange for a replacement color.
There are quite literally thousands of cabochon and fancy oval options available! Because the great number of options available can be overwhelming for most customers, we have chosen a few of our favorites that are considered our "shop staples". These shop staples are shown as available options in the product listings that utilize cabochons or fancy ovals. If you are interested in an option which we do not currently stock, please contact us prior to ordering and we will do our best to see if we can place a special order for you.
Also listed on each image is the size for each crystal that is available (Small and/or Large) and that we have in stock. Small cabochons are the size that is utilized on the 3/4" collars; Large cabochons are the size utilized on the 1-inch and 1.5-inch double layer collars.
Our handmade glass cabochons are sourced from fellow small businesses based in the USA. Our paua and mother of pearl cabochons are sourced from New Zealand, where they enforce commercial guidelines for their collection and harvesting. Our natural gemstone cabochons and fancy ovals are sourced from larger facilities based in the USA that work directly with processing facilities around the world and guarantee the authenticity of all products purchased and sold are done so by ethical standards.
For general maintenance, you may use a dry, lint-free cloth to lightly polish the cabochons and fancy ovals. For a deeper cleaning, use a soft bristle tooth brush and clean in a gentle circular motion. Do not brush aggressively or use this method regularly, as you may scratch the cabochons/fancy ovals.
To keep your collar looking its best, we do not recommend that collars adorned with cabochons be allowed exposure to chlorinated, salt or brackish water. We also do not recommend prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for natural gemstones, as this may cause the color to fade or change. The use of harsh household cleaners and chemical should also be avoided on cabochons.
For fancy oval crystals, we do not recommend allowing water exposure as it can potentially cause discoloration and loss of brilliance.