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Anne V Massey

Embrace silver pendant with peridot or rhodolite garnet

Embrace silver pendant with peridot or rhodolite garnet

Regular price £300.00 GBP
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A bold statement silver necklace. It is hand-hammered from Britannia silver by the ancient technique of anticlastic raising, which renders it strong but light. It frames a 5mm faceted gemstone. Choose either a silver peridot necklace or a silver garnet necklace. This is real special-occasion jewellery.

  • Available with a choice of 5mm gemstone, either peridot (the birthstone for August) or rhodolite garnet (a birthstone for January).
  • This piece is made to order so the delivery time is 2-4 weeks. If you would like a different stone, please contact me via the form on the Contact Me page.
  • Comes with a Sterling silver snake chain in a choice of three lengths - 16"/40cm, 18"/45cm or 20"/50cm.
  • Handmade by me at my Hove studio.
  • Features a hammered texture, elegant satin-matte finish and glittering burnished edges.
  • The pendant can be kept looking clean and lovely by this simple method (take care only to use hand-hot water as higher temperatures can damage the stone).

This piece is inspired by Art Nouveau, yet completely contemporary in feel. The oval frame with its twisted curlicues directs the attention to the sparkling stone at the centre. Whether you choose the silver garnet necklace or the peridot version, it will add a touch of glamour and sophistication to any outfit. It is ideal jewellery for a birthday gift, or for Valentine's Day, or to mark an anniversary or life milestone. It belongs to the same range as my Embrace brooch, ring and stud earrings, and would complement any of these.

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 post all orders free of charge by tracked services and will email you with the tracking details. Non-UK customers are responsible for paying any extra taxes, duties or delivery charges. I am not currently posting to the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.

If there is anything more you would like to know about this or any of my jewellery, please get in touch via the email form on my Contact Me page.

Care information

Silver tarnishes over time. Pieces which are gold plated all over (gold vermeil) may need cleaning every now and again; 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 or a stainless steel vessel. 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 boiling water should never be poured directly onto pieces which incorporate stones; some stones can be damaged or even destroyed by thermal shock. You can use hand-hot water in this case, or - more effectively - bring the piece(s) up to boil from cold in a stainless steel saucepan. 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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