Materials and Hallmarking
I use mainly moretti or ‘soft’ glass from Italy and Germany to make my beads. All jewellery is made using sterling or fine silver. Fine (or pure) silver has a silver content of 99.9%, meaning that it is purer than sterling, containing fewer alloys. This also means that it is less prone to tarnishing, but is softer so should be protected in a pouch when not being worn. All items with a silver content weighing over 7.78 grams are hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay Office in accordance with UK legislation.
Sterling silver jewellery is best stored in an airtight bag to prevent tarnishing. An attractive patina will develop over time, but to keep it shiny it can be cleaned periodically with a silver polishing cloth. Alternatively, tarnish can be moved using the following method:
Line a small bowl with silver foil, shiny side up. Fill it with boiling water, and dissolve a teaspoon of salt and/or baking soda into the bowl. Add the jewellery and gently move it around so the silver parts make contact with the foil. Leave to soak for a few minutes and the tarnish will be drawn out onto the foil. Rinse well and buff gently with a soft cloth.
Please avoid using silver dip or excessive polish on oxidised areas as it will remove the oxidisation. Your silver jewellery should be removed before bathing, showering or swimming.
I offer my handmade jewellery wholesale to a small selection of galleries and retaiers. Wholesale enquiries are welcome, so if you are interested in stocking my jewellery please contact me with details and I will arrange access to the wholesale area on my website. Existing wholesale customers can access the wholesale catalogue here.
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