Anne V Massey
This elegant designer-made pendant combines sophisticated organic design with the ancient skill of anticlastic raising. Wear it on an evening out or give it as a gift to celebrate a life milestone or to symbolise tying the knot. Its contrasting silver and gold make a striking impression.
- Made from recycled sterling silver.
- Comes in a choice of sizes – standard (4.5cm x 3cm) or small (1.8cm x 1.5cm).
- Available in a choice of colours – plain silver, partly gold plated on the inner surface or gold vermeil (thickly gold plated – small size only).
- Hangs from a sterling silver snake chain.
- Choose from three chain lengths – 16”/40cm, 18”/45cm or 20”/50cm, to suit all.
Handmade in my Hove studio.
- Take care of your pendant using this simple, sustainable method.
The larger size of pendant is eye-catching jewellery for a special occasion. Pair it with a glamorous ensemble and know that you’re looking your best. Wear it as part of your bridal ensemble. Or choose the smaller size for a more private, intimate meaning – a reminder of a special relationship. Give it as a Valentines gift or as a thank you gift for bridesmaids. If you like the pendant, you may also like the Forget-me-Knot studs or brooch.
I offer free gift wrapping which you can select from the checkout. I enclose a card advising you how to take care of silver jewellery with all orders. I post all orders free of charge by Royal Mail Special Delivery (in the UK) or Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed. I will email you with the tracking information as soon as the order is posted. I despatch all orders within 5 working days.I am happy to ship 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 of my jewellery, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.