What is the difference between bright sterling silver and oxidised sterling silver?
I offer most of my sterling silver products in an oxidised or bright finish.
Bright sterling silver is polished silver that doesn't have a surface treatment.
Oxidised sterling silver is blackened with a 'liver of sulphur' treatment and then polished.
The black patina stays in the texture, the cracks and crevices, and the rest is polished back to a high shine.
Oxidising brings out the details and gives it a darker, more dramatic aged look.
Sterling silver will oxidise over time naturally.
If you would like something specific, like a necklace with an oxidised pendant and a bright silver chain, or oxidised halfway up the chain, leave me a note in the comments section as you go through checkout.
If you have any questions, email me — I am happy to answer them.
How is my jewellery ethical?
All the skulls and bones that I cast are found already deceased, in nature, by me or my friends. Some were even found by my mother decades ago! No animals have been harmed.
In my workshop I use environmentally sustainable substitutes for the highly toxic acids and solvents commonly used by jewellery makers.
All my jewellery is designed and made by me.
I melt down and reuse old silver jewellery where possible and buy recycled gold. I havn't managed to source recycled sterling silver chain but I'll keep looking!
I love using synthetic gemstones. They have the same structure and composition as mined gemstones but are grown in a laboratory — living in the future!!
I do make jewellery with mined precious gemstones when I can be sure of their provenance. No blood diamonds here!
I reuse clean recycled bubble-wrap and cardboard to protect jewellery in transit. Everything is posted in 100% recycled envelopes.
I'm always looking for ways to make my jewellery and my practice more ethical and more environmentally sustainable.
Anything else you would like to know? Email me and I'll get on it.