Earrings by Marianne Anderson These beautiful quatrefoil earrings are a modern take on classic ornamental styling. Made from oxidised silver, 18ct gold and mother of pearl these unique statement earrings are inspired by ornamental features in the classical architecture that can be seen in the European cities that I love to visit. Gold leaf covers the black oxidised silver silhouette creating a surface reminiscent of a gilt picture frame or a beautifully distressed Venetian wall. Tiny imperfections making each pair unique.- Made from silver, 24ct gold leaf- Overall size: 18x18mm- Stud Earrings fill the earlobe.- Light and wearable every day- Push-back (butterfly) fitting- Made in Glasgow, 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. Features Primary Material : oxidised silver Other Materials : 24ct gold leaf Fitting Type : Post Dimensions (mm) : 18x18x3 One of a Kind : No Metal : silver Hallmarked : No Wire Material : silver Cleaning InstructionsJewellery CareAbout Oxidised SilverOxidisation 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 jewelleryOxidised 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 pearlsPearls 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.