Anne V Massey
Small simple heart pendant
Small simple heart pendant
A sweet, simple heart-shaped pendant handmade from ecosilver in two colourways, gold vermeil or plain silver. This delicate lightweight pendant with its clean modern design and subtle hammered texture is comfortable enough for everyday wear and sophisticated enough for any special occasion. A perfect gift for a loved one.
- The pendant measures about 1.8cm x 1.3cm.
- Hangs from a Sterling silver snake chain in a choice of three lengths - 16"/40cm, 18"/45cm or 20"/50cm.
- An ideal gift for Valentine's Day, or just to say "I love you".
- Posted within the UK at no extra charge by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
- Each pendant is slightly different due to the handmaking process; images are a guide only.
- Available in two colourways - plain silver or generously plated with buttery 24ct yellow gold.
For overseas customers there is a minimum order of £100.
- Free gift wrapping may be selected at the checkout.
Lovers of understated jewellery will appreciate this pendant which is light but strong thanks to the technique of anticlastic raising. Its tasteful, graceful simplicity make it suitable for any occasion.
The pendant may sometimes require cleaning, including the gold plated version if the silver underneath the gold vermeil becomes tarnished. There are many commercial cleaners available but I recommend this simple method. The chain fastens with a lobster clip. This would be an easy-wearing, low-maintenance, understated but elegant addition to anyone's personal jewellery collection.
I send out my UK orders by Royal Mail Special Delivery – a tracked, next-day service – and international orders by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed. Postage is included in the price, but non-UK customers will be responsible for any duties, taxes or additional delivery charges.
I am currently not posting to the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
I aim to send in stock items within 5 working days and made to order items in 2-4 weeks. I will email you with the tracking number immediately after your order is despatched.
I can always be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org in case of further questions or concerns.
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.