Anne V Massey
Ripple Heart earrings
Ripple Heart earrings
These charming drop earrings with their organic styling are designed for the big occasion. Wear them down the aisle as part of your bridal ensemble, or in any situation where you want to make a statement. Alternatively, gift them to the special person in your life to say “I love you”.
- Made from recycled silver.
- The technique of anticlastic raising makes them light, strong and easy to wear.
- There are two styles to choose from – plain or chain. The chain ones have an extra length of fine trace chain linking the hook to the heart.
- The hearts are about 2.5cm x 1.8cm. The plain ones hang about 3.5cm below the ear and the chain ones about 6cm.
- Hang from handmade ear wires of hardened Argentium silver.
Clean the earrings using this simple method which will preserve the finish.
- Designed and made at my Hove studio.
With their hammered texture and satin-matte finish, these bold earrings can be worn to dramatic effect with my Ripple Heart pendant, or on their own with no other jewellery to distract the eye. They would look stunning with a formal up-do. Give them as a very special gift for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or just because.
Free gift wrapping can be selected at the checkout. All my UK orders are posted by Royal Mail Special Delivery and international orders by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed, free of charge. However, non-UK customers are responsible for all additional charges such as tax or duties. I will email you with the tracking details once the order is sent. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
Please email me if you have any questions about these earrings or any other product via the form on my Contact Me page.
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.