Anne V Massey
Cornucopia long studs
Cornucopia long studs
These long silver spiral earrings with their graceful tapering curves are sculpture to frame your face. This is real special event, statement jewellery. With their bold yet tasteful organic styling and their silky hammered surface and burnished edges, they will complement your most glamorous or formal choice of apparel.
- Handmade at my studio in Hove from 100% recycled silver.
- Available in two colours, silver all over or plated on the inside surface only with lustrous 24 carat yellow gold.
- Each stud measures about 4.5cm in length by about 0.7cm at maximum width.
- Fastened at the back with a recycled Sterling silver butterfly.
- A wonderful gift for Christmas, an anniversary, a life milestone, a special birthday or any major celebration.
- Testimonial: "Thank you so much for the beautiful earrings, the smile on my wife’s face and the sparkle in her eyes is priceless." - Steve P.
Hammered from flat metal sheet by the ancient technique of anticlastic raising, which makes light, strong structures, these silver spiral earrings, with their sinuous curling shape and softly gleaming finish, are part of the same collection as my Cornucopia pendant, to which they are the perfect complement. With the pendant or on their own the studs will let you feel that you are putting your best foot forward on any big occasion, however glittering. They can be kept looking lovely by this simple way of cleaning them.
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Items in stock will normally be sent out within 5 working days; anything made to order in 2-4 weeks. Within the UK I send everything out by Royal Mail Special Delivery, at no additional cost to you. I will email you with the tracking number after posting. For customers outside the UK, I will pay the postage but the buyer will be responsible for any fees, duties or taxes which may be levied for delivery. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
If you have any questions about this or any other piece, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
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.