Brooches are underrated, in my opinion, so I'm trying to bring them back into vogue ;-)
As is usually the case in my jewellery, this is inspired by nature, and in particular the tiny pond we tried to fit into our small suburban garden.
I've chosen a milky, rose cut blue cabochon to represent the water, with a smooth green peridot and brilliant cut white topaz as a nod to the planting we tried around our rather unsuccessful attempt that we created using just a bucket. Revamping the pond is on our must do list for this year!
This little brooch has a traditional safety fitting on the reverse with a trigger clasp
It measures 25 x 21mm and weighs just under 7grams.
I've stamped the little flower and frond, creating the pebbles from the offcuts of sterling silver scrap I have from pireced work and earwire trimmings, applied liver of sulphur to give a good depth of dark patination to the whole piece, and then polished it back, with a satin finish. This has been protected with Renaissance Wax
All the silver used was certified eco, recycled sterling silver, with the exception of the brooch fitting, which is standard sterling silver
This isn't hallmarked, as it is below the required weight at 3.8g including the stone
Sapphires are birthstones for July, April and September, Topaz for August, November and December, and Periot for August, so this is a very versatile gift, for birthdays and anniversaries
Garden Pond sapphire, peridot and topaz brooch
Sterling Silver will eventually oxidise or tarnish. It's a natural process that can be slowed down by regular wear and by keeping unworn items away from the atmosphere. If you leave your jewellery out on display, this oxidisation will be faster. You can polish up your items, with a soft cloth, some silver polish, or a buffing cloth such as Town Talk, which is readily available from any high street jewellers in the UK
Fine silver is 99.9% silver, and because of this the tarnish rate is much, much slower. Again, a buff should do the job for polishing it back up. If I have patinated your silver already, be gentle when buffing!
Each piece should stand up to regular wear, but , as with all jewellery, please remove it before washing, using chemicals or applying perfume etc
Apply body lotion and perfume a few minutes before putting on your jewellery to help slow down tarnish
The sterling silver used in these items was sold to me by my bullion dealer as certified recycled.
The gemstones I use have been sold to me by reputable dealers as untreated (unless stated specifically in the listing). They are a natural, organic creation from the earth and each one will be slightly different. You can see examples of this on my Facebook page.
I select the stones that I think go together best for each project, hence my comments that each item is individual.