Before I start to talk about my jewelry, I would like to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you, your loved ones, your good friends… all the best for 2013. I hope it will be a year full of laughter, love and happiness!
It was ages ago when I shared with you that I had handed in my designs to a jewelry artisan here in Delhi. It was a necklace with matched earrings. It took the artisan two months instead of a few weeks as he had promised me.
When I was about to collect the pieces, I imagined the worst scenario: too long chain, wrong style, completely different from the designs.
I was wrong, the pieces turned out nice. I was very pleased.
It wasn’t long however before a problem surfaced. The jewelry maintained its gold color for only about 2 months before it started to lose its color and look dirty, so I returned it back to them to fix it.
I think the artisan was rushing when he made the pieces. When I saw the pieces for the first time I noticed that there were some dirty spots, but I chose to ignore that, thinking these spots would disappear when I cleaned the jewelry later at home.
In fact, it was actually a sign that the mix (the base is silver 92.5 and then plated with gold) was not done properly. I learned so much in this process and I guess I still continue to learn.
When I re-collected the jewelry a month ago, it looked cleaner than the first time. Here’s how it looks now.
This is what I like about the piece. The feeling of old jewelry, the imperfection, handmade.
I am now designing some new pieces. I will definitely share it in the blog when it is ready.
Now tell me, what do you think about the necklace? I would love to hear your opinion, it will only help make my next design better and better… or if you have knowledge of the reasons on why the gold color tarnishes easily. Is it really because of the mixture used to mix the silver/gold? or is it because of the quality of the metals. Please drop a line in my email, here. Thank you.
Happy New Year once again!