These earrings started their life as a flat sheet of silver and length of silver wire.
They have been sawn out of the metal, filed, shaped and sanded to remove most but not all blemishes- I like to leave a story on my pieces that tells you they have been made by hand. The ear hooks have been soldered closed, so there is no danger of losing the silver discs. Finally, these earrings have been polished by hand and given a thin coat of renaissance wax polish. Renaissance wax protects the silver and helps prevent/delay tarnishing.
Hoop disc approx. 14 x 15mm
Metal thickness 0.8mm
Drop length approx. 25mm
Hoop discs handcrafted from recycled silver
Ear hooks newly mined Sterling silver
Total weight of earrings approx. 2.3g, (per pair) therefore no hallmarking required as per Hallmarking Act 1973
My Crafter's mark TSW has been applied
Keeping Your Jewellery In Tip Top Condition
Sterling silver exposed to air, lotions, soaps and everyday dust and dirt will tarnish over time. Sterling silver is an alloy metal with 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. The copper content in silver makes the silver a harder metal than fine silver and so is easier to turn into everyday hard-wearing objects such as cutlery, medical equipment and jewellery. The copper in silver reacts to moisture and sulphur in the air which causes the silver to discolour and lose its shine.
It is easy to keep your silver jewellery in excellent sparkling condition.
Clean your silver regularly with a silver polishing cloth to remove any tarnish. Do be careful not to over polish your silver items and do not be too heavy handed with your jewellery.
Silver jewellery is best kept in an airtight box and/or jewellery pouch when not worn. This will prevent your jewellery from being exposed to the air for prolonged periods and the risk of tarnishing. It will also help prevent scratch marks appearing.
Try and limit your jewellery from exposure to chemical substances such as lotions and perfumes.
Swimming or bathing in the sea or swimming pool whilst wearing your silver jewellery is not recommended. Sterling silver can change colour when exposed to salt water and chlorinated pools, and the salt water and chlorine will damage Sterling silver far more than any other metal!
Anti -Tarnish paper tabs or strips are perfect to put with your silver when storing your jewellery away. Silica gel sachets can be put with your jewellery too. Both are great at absorbing any moisture in the air. Both Anti- Tarnish papers and Silica Gel strips can be widely purchased online.