Anne V Massey
Ripple simple drop earrings
Ripple simple drop earrings
These delicate, understated drop earrings can be worn anywhere, anytime, with any outfit. Their sinuous organic design is contemporary yet classic. They would be a great Mother's Day or birthday gift, or a very special “thank you” to a bridesmaid or a friend. Their simplicity will appeal broadly to all ages.
- Made from recycled sterling silver.
- Hang from handmade, hardened Argentium silver wires.
- Each earring measures roughly 2.8cm x 1cm and hangs about 3.3cm below the ear.
- Incorporates an integral loop.
- Made by the process of anticlastic raising, which makes them light, strong and comfortable enough to wear all day.
Keep them looking spruce and lovely with this simple cleaning method.
- Designed and made at my Hove studio.
These earrings are from my Ripple range and are compatible with any other pieces from it, but particularly the Ripple simple pendant. Together, they look smart and well-matched without being overly showy. Their hammered texture, satiny finish and tastefully glittering edges set them apart from high-street jewellery, but subtly so.
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Postage is free and by tracked services: Royal Mail Special Delivery within the UK, and Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed overseas. Customers outside the UK will be responsible for any additional duties, taxes or delivery charges. After I have posted your order I will send you an email with the tracking information. I am currently not posting to the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
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.