Donna Noble, the Noble Yogi has asked me to make this line of jewellery, which I like to call 'Mini-Donnas'. Each item is made by me, by hand in my tiny home studio in Devon.
I have tried to imbue each with love and movement, reminiscent of Donna herself, and the ethos behind her yoga practice.
Each piece is made from Art Clay Silver*; which I form into the piece using a mould taken from an original Donna that I sculpted. This enables me to make each item consistently and to have earrings that are matching - although not identical. Once the clay is dry, (about a day) I turn it out of it's mould, and refine it; sanding filing, and brushing with damp paint brushes. I then leave it to dry for a further day, and repeat the refinement again as necessary.
Once I'm happy with the finish, I fire the clay; this used to be on our gas hob in the kitchen, but now I have a mini kiln. After 45 minutes firing they are ready for polishing / bails / soldering depending on the items.
Once any ear posts are soldered, or I have made and attached the bail, I put them in my barrel polisher to harden and give a deep shine.
Because these are made from pure / fine silver, there is no copper content. This makes them ideal for anyone with a sensitivity to regular jewellery. If this is the case for you; please tell me at purchase as I can make ear posts and wires from argentium rather than sterling silver.
Pure silver has a lovely softness to it visually, and tarnishes much more slowly than regular sterling silver, due to the absence of copper.
Pendant - 19mx 16mm, 1.8grams, approximately
Charm - with a bail as shown (tell me the dimensions of the bracelet you wish to thread it onto) or
Charm - with jumpring only - Charm size is 11mm x 8mm 1.3grams approximately
Drop earrings - 10mm x 8mm hanging 18mm from piercing, 0.5gram
Stud earrings - 11mm x 8mm, 0.5 gram
All of these are made to order and will take me a few days to do so. Please assume it will take me 5 working days to make and dispatch them.
I expect that you have found my listing because you have already have experience of Donna's yoga ethic, but if not you can learn more about Donna on her Facebook page or her websites:
Or visit her Etsy shop clothing here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CurveSomeYoga
* This fine silver is ArtClaySilver, which starts life as silver dust, reclaimed from the refinement process, in Japan, and then with the addition of a natural binding agent, becomes a clay. I can then mould and form it as one would a traditional clay, firing it on a gas hob, or kiln. At this point the binder burns away, the clay shrinks approximately 10% and becomes 99.9% silver. I have (rather rubbish!) videos of this process on my facebook page and Youtube channel.
Yogi pendant, earring or charm: Donna Noble
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 ass certified recycled.
he 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.