Anne V Massey
This unusual silver pendant is statement jewellery for a special occasion. It’s wearable sculpture whose sinuous organic design will draw the eye. Wear it on your wedding day – or someone else’s. Give it to a special someone to celebrate Christmas, a life milestone, landmark birthday or anniversary, or Valentines Day.
- Made by hand at my studio in Hove.
- Available in two sizes: about 6.5cm x 1.5cm or 4.7cm x 1cm.
- Choose from two colourways: part plated on the inner surface with rich yellow gold, or simple silver.
- Hangs from a sterling silver snake chain in a choice of three lengths: 16”/40cm, 18”/45cm or 20"/50cm.
This bold, sophisticated pendant with its contemporary design would put the finishing touch to any ensemble, be it a bridal gown or your favourite designer classic. Treat yourself, or someone who deserves something lovely. For added impact team it with my Cornucopia long studs.
Hand-hammered from a single piece of recycled sterling silver, this unusual silver pendant has subtly glittering edges and a soft, lustrous finish.
From my Cornucopia collection, this pendant is light and easy to wear because the technique of anticlastic raising makes stronger forms from thinner metal. Wear it all day and forget you’ve got it on. The choice of chain lengths makes it suitable for everyone. It can be kept clean with this simple technique.
Postage is free. All jewellery from Anne V Massey is delivered within the UK by Royal Mail Special Delivery, which is a tracked service. For customers outside the UK, posting will be by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed. I will email you with the tracking number as soon as the order is posted. Items in stock will normally be sent out within 5 working days. 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. My contact email address is email@example.com.
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.