Jewellery info

 

Jewellery info

Oxidized finish
Most of the jewellery I make is oxidized. Sterling silver and copper will oxidize naturally on contact with air producing that familar dark patina which can be removed by polishing. This natural oxidation process normally takes place over a long period of time but it can be achieved instantly by using liver of sulphur. Liver of sulphur is a mixture of potassium sulphides and as the name suggests smells like rotten eggs (think stink bombs!) It works by turning sterling silver dark grey and copper black which is then cleaned up using wire wool. Any recessed areas such as stamped designs, coils of wire or etched patterns are left darker creating a contrast in the metal and that lovely "antique" patina.

Supplies
All of my sterling silver, fine silver, copper and bronze is bought from reputable UK websites. The beads and cabochons I use are from a mixture of UK and US sites.

Hallmarking
Most of my sterling silver bangles are sent to the London Assay Office to be hallmarked as they are over the 7.78g weight threshold. My sterling silver earrings are not hallmarked as they are under the 7.78g weight threshold for hallmarking.
The graphic below shows the different marks and stamps applied by the assay office to precious metals.




How to care for your jewellery
An occasional polish with a silver polishing cloth such as Goddards, available in supermarkets, is all that is needed to keep your jewellery looking good. Copper and bronze will darken more than silver but a quick polish will bring it back to it's rich loveliness.
I suggest avoiding contact with perfume and household chemicals, bleach, chlorine and seawater as they may discolour the metal.
Do not use Silver Dip to clean your jewellery as it is likely to discolour it.



Made to order items
Ah yes, that disappointing feeling when you find something you want to buy then realize it's "made to order". Most of my copper and bronze bangles and a couple of my lighter sterling silver bangles are made to order. I aim to get made to order items made and ready to post in 4 to 5 days. If an order is needed sooner than this please contact me and I will try my best to help.



Descriptions, sizes and colours
My jewellery is described as accurately as possible in regard to size and colour. There may be slight variations in bead or enamel colours due to how different monitors display colours. Due to the nature of handmade please allow for slight variations in the appearance of my made to order items compared to their photos. 



Enamelled jewellery
I use vitreous enamel which is basically crushed coloured glass that is applied to metal and fired either in my kiln or by using a butane torch.

I enamel onto copper on both sides and team my enamel earrings with sterling silver earwires.