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April 30, 2020
This weeks brief is...
I struggled to get going on this one, it has been driving me crazy all week! After getting really stuck into last weeks brief that was not my usual style I thought this week I would thrive and really get my teeth into it, but I just wasn’t feeling it. In fact I gave up quite a few times and nearly didn’t do anything.
That was until my husband guilted me into giving it one more go, I sculked up to my workshop like a teenager told to do their home work on a Sunday night and sat procrastinating with some odd bits of castings I had had made up before lockdown. I was telling myself I was creative this week and it was a waste of time because what I really wanted to be doing was real work.
Before I knew it I was putting together some geometric botanical shapes that were PERFECT for this brief and I got hyperactive and excited and all the feeling in between, and before I knew it I had a nearly finished piece that I was really really proud of.
So after a really slow start this piece actually came together really quickly and I am really pumped about where is might take me in my own collection going forward.
I don’t have any tube so I haven’t made the brooch fitting part, and it still needs quite a bit of cleaning up but you get the idea.
Thanks Scott and Kate, another week of creative therapy for me and some peace and quite for my husband while I squirrel away at my bench during nap time.
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July 13, 2020
Last time I blogged we were just finding our feet with us both working from home and juggling childcare, that feels like a lifetime ago now and yet not much has changed.
We all need a little tender loving care at times and your jewellery is no exception.
Here at Louy Magroos I use Sterling silver in all my designs, this is an alloy of pure silver and other metals, usually copper. I chose to use Sterling silver rather than pure silver because silver alone is too soft for everyday wear and will easily scratch and dent. The copper added to the silver to create sterling silver gives it strength, whilst still maintaining its beautiful colour and qualities that have been adored for thousands of years.
Where appropriate all my jewellery is Hallmarked 925 Sterling Silver from Birmingham Assay Office alongside my unique makers mark. By UK law all silver jewellery over 7.8g requires testing and hallmarking, meaning you can buy in confidence with Louy Magroos.
Like most precious metals silver will tarnish, this means it dulls and turns grey/black in places, however all that is required is a clean to restore to all its former glory. Your silver jewellery turning a darker colour does not mean your jewellery is faulty, it just needs some love.
General wear and exposure to solvents such as hand cream, perfumes, chlorine, even the natural oils in your skin, can leave your jewellery looking a little dull at times.
A little wipe over with a silver polishing cloth is usually all it takes to bring back its sparkle, but if you would like to have your piece professionally cleaned, polished, and restored to all its glory, I can do so for a small fee of £10 to cover the work and return postage.
If you would like to take me up on this service click here for more information.
To keep your jewellery looking it’s best here are a few tips to follow…
Caring for sterling silver jewellery
Caring for oxidised silver jewellery
Many of my designs use oxidised silver to add contrasts, by blackening the letters of a personalisation it causes the text to stand out more. As my jewellery is hand stamped rather than computer engraved, there is a deep enough recess in the silver to mean that the black will not rub off or wear away, meaning your keepsake jewellery will stand the test of time.
Oxidised jewellery requires little to no cleaning, however these simple tips will ensure your jewellery looks as good as new for as long as possible.
If your oxidised piece has been well worn and you would like it to be re-oxidised just get in touch.
Caring for pearls
Pearls are a natural stone and are much softer than many gemstones so need care taken to look after them and avoid getting scratched.
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