Anne V Massey
This elegant, sculptural pendant with its sinuous, organic lines and timeless design is wearable art for a special occasion. As bridal or evening wear it will add a note of restrained elegance to your ensemble. Inspired by the rhythms of nature, it hints at Art Nouveau whilst being entirely contemporary.
- Made from 100% recycled Sterling silver.
- Light, strong and easy to wear.
- Hangs from a Sterling silver snake chain in a choice of three lengths - 16"/40cm; 18"/45cm;; and 20"/50cm to fit everyone.
Comes in two sizes - the larger measures 5cm/2" long by 2.3cm/1" wide. The smaller is 3.3cm/1.25" x 1.5cm/0.6".
- Features a hammered texture and satin-matte finish.
- Made at my workshop in Hove.
This pendant is inspired partly by the technique of anticlastic raising by which it is made, which lends itself to curving, twisting organic forms; and partly by the sea past which I cycle most days along Brighton and Hove seafront on the way to my studio. The repeated S-shape evokes the succession of waves meeting the shore, while the hammered texture suggests the cross-ripples as each wave dies and retreats.
This pendant would make a wonderful gift for a life milestone, anniversary or landmark birthday.
The pendant can be kept looking its best by this simple method, which avoids harsh chemicals. It belongs to the same collection as my Ripple brooch and Ripple triple studs, and would look lovely with either.
Free gift wrapping can be selected at the checkout.
I post within the UK by Royal Mail Special Delivery, a tracked service, at no extra cost. 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 aim to post in-stock items within 5 days; items made to order may take up to 2-4 weeks. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
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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.