Anne V Massey
Simple heart drop earrings
Simple heart drop earrings
These delicate, graceful, heart-shaped earrings are light and easy to wear but elegant enough for the evening. With their understated timeless design they would be an ideal gift for a bridesmaid, or for a special person on Valentine's Day - or you could just gift yourself a little love.
- Handmade from Sterling silver.
- The earrings hang from handmade silver wire hooks.
- Each earring measures about 3.8cm/1.5" from the top of the hook, and 2cm/just under 1" at the widest point.
- Gentle satin-matte, non-shiny finish.
- Made by me at my studio in Hove.
These sweet, simple earrings have an unfussy contemporary feel which would partner well with smart daywear or sleek evening-wear, and their classic yet fresh design makes them suitable for wearers of all ages. They are comfortable enough to be worn all day. Made by the hammer technique of anticlastic raising, they are light but strong. They are a perfect match for my Sweet simple heart pendant in the silver colourway.
Keep the earrings looking spruce and lovely by this simple cleaning method which avoids harsh chemicals and protects the finish.
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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 will send an email with the tracking information as soon as the order is posted. I am currently not posting to countries in the EU due to the complexity of the new rules.
It's always lovely to hear from you, so if you want to know more about the earrings or any of my jewellery, ask away! 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.