Anne V Massey
Ripple triple studs
Ripple triple studs
These exquisite studs with their elegant organic lines, hammered texture and satin-matte finish are ideal bridal or special occasion wear. Their delicate curves, reminiscent of waves or an angel's wing, would perfectly complement an upswept hairstyle. Their design, based on natural form, evokes Art Nouveau yet remains timeless.
- Made from 100% recycled Ecosilver.
- Each stud measures 2.2cm/1" long by 0.9cm/0.4" wide.
- Secured with a pin and butterfly of Sterling silver.
- Light and easy to wear - put them in and forget you're wearing them.
- Worn with the upsweep following the outer curve of the ear.
- Made at my Hove workshop.
These refined little studs, with their repeated parallel twists, refer obliquely to many natural forms without referencing any too obviously; the closest is probably the never-ending procession of the ocean's swell. Their delicacy belies the way they are made, hand-hammered from flat metal sheet by the technique of anticlastic raising, which gives them their strength and their seductive curves.
The Ripple studs belong to the same collection as my Ripple pendant and brooch and would look beautiful with either - or both! They would make a great gift for any major life milestone, be it a birthday, an anniversary of an outstanding achievement.
The studs can be kept looking clean and new using household articles by this simple method.
I send out my UK orders by Royal Mail Special Delivery – a tracked, next-day service – and international orders by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed. Postage is included in the price, but non-UK customers will be responsible for any duties, taxes or additional delivery charges. I aim to post in-stock items within 5 days; pieces made to order may take up to 4 weeks. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions or concerns. I'm always happy to hear from you.
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.