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Anne V Massey

Embrace ring

Embrace ring

Regular price £254.00 GBP
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This is a ring in recycled sterling silver, with a gemstone cradled in an embrace between the two curling arms. The images show an amethyst and a pale blue topaz, but you can select your own preferred stone from the list. Please note: this is a ring for a special occasion or evening wear. It is not intended to be worn all the time.

 Because you will need to provide your ring size, this item is made to order and may take up to four weeks until despatch. Once you have placed an order I will email you to ask your ring size.

The best way to find your ring size is to visit a professional jeweller. Failing this, you can estimate your size. Wrap a piece of string around the base of the finger on which you intend to wear the ring. Using a pen, mark the point on the string where it overlaps to form a circle, then measure the length which was around the finger. You should do this in the evening, when your fingers are largest. Don't do it when they're cold as you will get a falsely small measurement. The string shouldn't be so tight that you wouldn't be able to pass the circle over the knuckle. (If you have large knuckles it might be better to measure the knuckle.)

Choose your rough ring size from these measurements:

G = 45.5mm    H = 47mm    I = 48mm    J = 49mm    K = 50mm    L = 51mm                   M = 52.5mm    N = 54mm    O = 55mm    P = 56mm    Q = 58mm    R = 59mm               S = 60mm    T = 61.5mm    U = 63mm    V = 64mm    W = 65mm    X = 66.5mm             Y = 68mm    Z = 69mm

Please be aware these are only accurate to within 0.5mm, and fractions of a millimetre matter in ring sizing. As an alternative, there are several websites offering aids to help you find your ring size, including circles to which you can compare an existing ring. Measurement of an existing, well-fitting ring across the point of maximum diameter - preferably with a vernier gauge, if you have access to one - is better. Or you can use a plastic ring gauge, which I can provide for you. Please don't throw it away - keep it for future use or pass it on to someone else. (I'm not fond of single-use plastics.)

Free gift wrapping can be selected from the Cart. Just click on View my Cart; it will be under the list of pieces ordered.

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 free, but non-UK customers will be responsible for any duties, taxes or additional delivery charges.  I will email you with the tracking number after posting. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.

If you would like further information about anything, I would be delighted to answer your questions. Please email me at info@annevmassey.com.


Care information

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.                                  Pendant before cleaning Pendant after cleaning with aluminium foil, bicarb and boiling water 

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.

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