Anne V Massey
Small, simple studs
Small, simple studs
This is a pair of small, simple, elegant stud earrings handmade from recycled sterling silver. There are three classic designs to choose from - square, oval and shield-shaped. Each is available in plain silver or plated with 24 carat yellow gold. These distinctive yet discreet earrings will never go out of style.
- Available in three designs - square, oval or shield-shaped.
- Each stud measures c. 0.8cm x 0.9cm.
- Made by me in my Hove workshop.
- Posted within the UK by Royal Mail Special Delivery.
- For overseas customers there is a minimum order of £100.
- An ideal gift for Christmas, Valentine's Day, a birthday or to say "thank you".
Whichever style you choose, these unusual, understated stud earrings with their gentle curves will give the finishing touch to your look, whether you’re dressing up for a special occasion or going casual. Their hammered edges catch the light, giving a subtle glitter and drawing the eye, while their soft, satin-matte finish gives them a luxurious feel.
The studs are made by anticlastic raising, which makes them strong, light and easy to wear. They are fastened at the back with a sterling silver butterfly. The fact that they are handmade means that there will be slight variations between and within pairs - no two will be identical. The gold vermeil studs may need cleaning if the underlying silver becomes tarnished; both they and the silver ones can be freshened up by this simple method.
I always send orders free of charge by tracked services. I will email you with the tracking information as soon as I have posted the package.
My aim is to send in stock items within 5 working days of the order being placed, and made to order items within 2-4 weeks. After posting I will send you an email with the tracking number.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
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.