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Anne V Massey

Twisted earrings silver twirl studs

Twisted earrings silver twirl studs

Regular price £91.00 GBP
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This is a pair of twisted earrings in recycled Sterling silver, in a choice of colours, gold vermeil or plain silver, with a satin-matte finish. These lightweight earrings are comfortable to wear and their unusual organic design will appeal to anyone wanting a different look.

  • Available in plain silver, or thickly plated with 24 carat yellow gold.
  • Each earring measures about 1.8cm in length.
  • Produced by me in my Hove workshop.
  • Posted at no additional charge by Royal Mail tracked services. 
  • For overseas customers there is a minimum order of £100.
  • An ideal gift for Mother's Day, a birthday or to say "thank you".

    These graceful little twisted earrings are so comfortable to wear that you can forget you have them on. They will tastefully complement any outfit, from the dressiest to the most casual. Their styling is elegant but spare and unfussy. They would make a perfect gift for someone looking for something a bit different to complete their look.

    The studs fasten at the back with a Sterling silver butterfly. They are hand-hammered by a technique called anticlastic raising, which produces light, strong forms. No two pairs are exactly the same as a result of the handmaking process, which means you can be sure that yours are quite unique!

    The gold plated stud earrings may need cleaning if the silver underneath becomes tarnished.  For a simple method of cleaning them and the silver studs, which will protect the satin-matte finish, click here.

    Free gift wrapping can be selected from the Cart. Just click on View my Cart; it will be under the list of pieces ordered.

    Postage is free. I will email you with the tracking number as soon as I have sent the order.

     I normally aim to send in stock items within 5 working days of the order being placed, and made to order items within 2-4 weeks.

    If there is anything you would like to ask about, please email me at info@annevmassey.com.

    Care information

    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.                                  Pendant before cleaning Pendant after cleaning with aluminium foil, bicarb and boiling water 

    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.

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