ABOUT Your Jewellery and Aftercare
Your jewellery receives a lifetime care promise, I am happy to re-size, adjust, repair and repolish.
Each piece is individually made to order, minor hand made variations occur and no two embossed surfaces are identical.
Fine (99.9%) Silver is used for all the embossing; the colour is whiter, softer and it enhances the imprint of the hand made paper petals, it tarnishes less easily than Sterling Silver (92.5%) too. In the making process, the soldering flame enriches the surface with the pure silver, this gives a ‘chalkiness’ to the texture, a form of depletion gilding, the top of the emboss is given a light polish to enhance this effect.
All fittings, chain, wire, and tube use sterling silver. It is harder than fine silver for the structural parts of the piece.
Items are laser hallmarked when the silver parts are over the legal weight of 7.78 grams. The marks include my registered makers mark JEB, a year date letter, the precious metal fineness, and the London Assay Office Leopard Mark.
Rose Bronze, an alloy of brass, has a colour that is less harsh, more pinky and buttery than regular brass. I also use a ‘red’ brass alloy which is also called ‘nu-gold’, jewellers brass or merlins gold in the USA because it’s colour resembles that of high carat precious gold, it contains more copper than regular brass and is alloyed with a small amount of zinc so is very wearable for those with nickel allergies.
Copper is a pinky orange pure base metal and has many working properties similar to silver.
The dark patination on silver is produced by an oxidizing process and it is lightly protected using a jewellers wax.
The patina of the base metals and alloys deepen over time and react with the air, our skin and chemicals; if unwanted, to refresh the surfaces I supply a little silver polishing cloth to remove this. You can also give your piece an occasional clean with a mild detergent/shampoo and soft brush, drying carefully after.
I am happy to answer any other questions about the making and care of your piece of jewellery.