Anne V Massey
Simple Silver Cufflinks
Simple Silver Cufflinks
A pair of cufflinks handmade from silver. They come in three styles, square, oval or shield-shaped. These quietly stylish cufflinks feature a hammered texture and non-reflective finish and are perfect for weddings, ceremonies, business meetings and all formal occasions. A great gift for a well-dressed man.
- Made from recycled Sterling silver.
- The hinged mechanism has no sharp edges and is comfortable to wear.
- Each cufflink measures about 1.6 x 1.6cm.
- Available in a choice of three styles, square, oval and shield-shaped.
- Made by me at my studio in Hove.
These simple cufflinks look wonderful with a smart suit. They are perfect for a groom, best man or proud father. They complete a polished self-presentation and help to make a good impression in a business context.
The cufflinks, with their subtle curves, perfectly complement the restrained elegance of a well-tailored suit. They are easy to wear with their locking hinge mechanism, designed for comfort. They can be cleaned by this environmentally conscious method.
Each pair of cufflinks is subtly unique as they are handmade.
Your order will be despatched to you by Special Delivery (UK only). Items in stock will usually be posted within 5 working days; items made to order in 2-4 weeks. Postage is included in the price. I will email you with the tracking number once the order is posted. For customers outside the UK, posting will be by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed. I will pay the postage but the buyer will be responsible for any fees, duties or taxes which may be levied for delivery. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
If you have any questions or concerns I would be delighted to hear from you at 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.