Anne V Massey
This understated brooch with its repeating twisted organic forms framed by a delicate oval of hammered silver will grace the most special occasion, a wedding or any celebration. Its design, whilst sleekly contemporary, nods to Art Nouveau. This subtly chic wearable sculpture is distinguished by is elegance.
- Made from 100% recycled Ecosilver.
- Measures 5cm/2" long by 2.8cm/1" wide.
- Fastens securely with a stainless steel double pin and handmade catch.
- Can be worn vertically or horizontally.
- Made by hand in Hove.
The unceasing play of the waves on Brighton and Hove shoreline found its way into this brooch, which is fashioned by the process of anticlastic raising. This is a hammer technique which makes light, strong, curvaceous forms from flat metal sheet. The piece features a rippling hammered texture and a soft satin-matte finish which contrasts pleasantly with the subtle glitter of the burnished textured edges.
This lightweight brooch would look equally exquisite at a daytime event or on an evening out. It would make a lovely gift for a very special birthday, anniversary or milestone.
The Ripple brooch can be kept looking fresh and bright by this method which will preserve the finish and help prevent it becoming shiny. It belongs to the same collection as my Ripple pendant and Ripple triple studs, and would partner perfectly with either.
Free gift wrapping can be selected at the checkout.
Postage is free. Your order will be posted at no extra charge by Royal Mail Special Delivery (within the UK only). I am happy to ship outside the UK (also by a tracked service) - I will pay the postage but the buyer will be responsible for any fees, duties or taxes which may be levied for delivery. My aim is to post in stock items within 5 working days. Made to order items take 2-4 weeks. I will send you the tracking number for the parcel. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
Please let me know if you have any further queries or concerns about this or any other piece of my jewellery. I can always be contacted via my contact page.
Pieces which are gold plated all over (gold vermeil) may need cleaning from time to time; although gold does not tarnish, the silver underneath may. All my work is best cleaned by methods which do not involve rubbing, which causes the jewellery to lose its semi-matte finish and gradually makes it become shiny. My favourite involves using readily available household items - hot water and bicarbonate of soda with aluminium foil in a heatproof glass or ceramic bowl. Even better, it's sustainable! You can re-use old foil - repeatedly! - but it needs to be clean. You can clean more than one piece of jewellery at a time, but as this is an electrochemical process each piece needs to be in contact with the foil. It doesn't matter which way up the foil is. The hotter the water, the faster the reaction goes. Enough bicarb should be used to cover each piece. This won’t damage the gold plating on wholly- or part-plated pieces, but hot water should not be used on pieces which incorporate stones; some stones can be damaged or even destroyed by thermal shock. There are many versions of this technique available on the internet, and also many sites which have information about stones and their vulnerability/resistance to thermal shock.
The first two images show a pendant before and after cleaning by this method.
The next series of images shows a more heavily tarnished brooch. The images are taken at 20 minute intervals. As you can see, the brooch never becomes as clean and bright as the example above.
This technique works best if the piece is not too heavily tarnished.
Storing your jewellery properly can help retard or prevent tarnishing. Direct sunlight, humidity, chlorine and hairspray all accelerate tarnishing. Storing the jewellery in a box in a dry room (not the bathroom, for example) will help keep it looking bright and fresh. The jewellery should not be worn to a swimming pool, and hairspray should be applied before putting jewellery on. Salt (including from perspiration) can also react with silver, so it should not be worn for swimming in the sea.
If you don’t mind losing the surface “bloom”, you can use a commercially available cleaner such as Goddard’s foaming paste, or even toothpaste, with a soft toothbrush.
Much of this information is taken from Masamitsu Inaba's article Tarnishing of Silver: A Short Review in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Conservation Journal, January 1996 Issue 18. Many thanks.