During the past few months, whilst we in the UK have been exhorted to stay home, I've been looking at friends' posts on Instagram and Facebook.
This necklace is a direct result of the beautiful photos of the ocean and lakes in Sweden shared by my pal Camia* from college. Beautiful blues, and ripples, it made me imagine I'd just played ducks and drakes. She's generously allowed me to share it with you here.
Of course, the weather is classically grey August when I wanted to photograph this, but I promise you, the blues are there!
A bar of recycled sterling silver, beaten for texture and given a pair of complemenatry 3mm lapis and blue apatite gemstones, plus a heavyweight beaten (with a different texture) jumpring, and finally polished to a satin finish.
I loved making this, and am very likely to make some more, especially as I've named it for Camia, so if you would like one made with a different gemstone combination or texture, please contact me as I'll be able to make it to order, usually within a week - 10 days (depending if I have the stone you require in stock)
This comes to a total length of 18inches / 46 cm, and the bar is 48.5mm x 7.5mm with the jumpring having an outside diameter of 12mm
If you'd like a different lenght chain, please let me know as I can change it
All the metal in the bar is recycled sterlng silver (not the chain) and weighs just over 6.6g
This final photo is a screen grab from her incredibly uplifting Instagram account - @Camia_Ericka
Ocean ripples with Camia - sterling silver and gemstone necklace
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.