I am not easily persuaded to rate anything 5 stars. This piece was affordable, strikingly beautiful, as well as extremely well made. It is large enough to have a presence at the neckline without being overwhelming. It works well for both petites and plus size women. Great size for all to wear and enjoy.I have never purchased abalone before, as it simply didn't seem much like a valuable or beautiful gemstone to me (just a piece of shell). This piece changed my mind. The pendant that I received had a much more beautiful pattern that the one pictured. Looks great on a black cord for a more casual look. Large bail allows for lots of choices. Great everyday piece for silver lovers. Certainly a signature piece that will get lots of comments. Nice story about the artist as well.