Quatrefoil Brocade Gold Leaf Brooch: oxidised silver, 24ct gold leaf, mother of pearl
A unique little statement brooch. A complete one-off - no other will be made the same.
Featuring a beautifully detailed etched surface decoration reminiscent of acanthus scrolls and brocade textiles, and embellished with sweeps of 24ct gold leaf, this brooch nod to these beautiful vintage styles in a contemporary way. Completely made by hand - a beautiful piece to be treasured.
- Made from silver, mother of pearl, 24ct gold leaf
- Overall size: 42x42mm
- Single pin brooch fitting
- Light and wearable every day
- Made in Glasgow, hallmarked in Edinburgh, Scotland.
What makes my jewellery so unique?
Each piece is thoughtfully made in small batches or as one-off pieces by me in my studio in Glasgow. I appreciate good craftsmanship and strive to achieve the highest standards every day in my work. From designing to making all jewellery is handcrafted and never uses any mass-produced parts. I hand-select the pearls and garnets that I use in my designs to ensure their quality, colour, lustre and sparkle is consistent.
24ct gold leaf and mother of pearl
One of a Kind
mother of pearl
About Oxidised Silver
Oxidisation is the chemical treatment of silver to change the surface colour to grey and black. My jewellery is oxidised to dark black with a rich luster. Oxidisation is not a permanent surface treatment and can wear off. The oxidisation on raised patterned areas is prone to burnishing off over time, especially in the case of ring shanks. This is often a positive feature as it highlights the detail of the pattern. Items such as earrings and brooches that sit static will maintain their black finish as long as they are cared for. I'm happy to re-oxidise any pieces you have bought from me without charge, however postal charges will be payable by the customer.
Cleaning your jewellery
Oxidised silver requires virtually no cleaning. To remove dirt from intricate patterned areas use a soft brush either dry or with soapy water. Avoid hard brushes or any abrasives as they will scratch the surface and remove the patina. Avoid immersing oxidised areas in any chemical jewellery cleaning solutions as this will remove the oxidisation. To clean gold areas use a soft polishing cloth that is suitable for use with gold alloys.
Caring for pearls
Pearls are very soft and more fragile than other gemstones so need special care. My pearls are strung in the traditional way on pure silk thread with knots between each pearl. The knots prevent loss of individual beads in the event of a breakage. Over time the silk may stretch, weaken or become soiled. If you wear your pearls regularly, it is advised that you have your pearls cleaned and restrung often.
Pearls can easily be spoiled by substances such as perfume and hair spray and even natural body oils and perspiration can dull their lustre. Please take care not to apply perfume whilst wearing your pearls and wipe them after wearing with a soft, damp cloth to remove any traces of cosmetics or body oils. Do not use any chemicals to clean your pearls. Even a mild soap could cause damage to their sheen. Only use jewellery cleaners labelled as safe for pearls. When taking off a pearl ring, hold the metal part, rather than the pearl. This will prevent the pearl from loosening and coming into contact with skin oils on your hand.
Because of their delicacy, pearls should not be placed next to other gems in a jewellery box. If possible, store your pearls in a separate box or pouch. This will also help protect your delicate pearls from changes in the atmosphere.