Anne V Massey
This is a pair of sculptural silver studs, organic in form with a gently matte finish. They are contemporary in design but with just a touch of Art Nouveau in their curling, twisting lines. They are elegant enough for a big occasion and comfortable and lightweight enough for all day.
- Handmade at my Hove studio.
- Available in plain silver or richly plated with yellow gold.
- Each stud measures about 1.5cm x 1cm x 1cm.
- As is typical of handmade products, no two are quite the same.
- Fastened behind with a Sterling silver butterfly.
For overseas customers there is a minimum order of £100.
The Scroll studs are neat and unostentatious but dressy enough for a night out or a celebration. They would beautifully complement a chic "up-do", in keeping with a classically sophisticated style - the perfect partner for your favourite little black dress, or something a little more softly feminine. They are from the same collection as my Scroll pendant and ring.
These mirror-image studs would be an ideal gift for a lover of timeless elegance and simplicity. They can be cleaned by this easy 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 am currently not posting to the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
I aim to send in stock items within 5 working days, made to order items in 2-4 weeks. I will email you with the tracking number after posting.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My email address is 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.