The designs in my Sweet Chestnut collection feature thick sterling silver wire, which has been textured with the thin edge of a hammer, so that it resembles the distinctive deeply fissured bark of the sweet chestnut tree.
Each design is oxidised once complete. Oxidisation is a process which uses liver of sulphur to speed up the natural process of tarnishing, and turns the surface of the silver a dark slate grey colour. I then polish every piece by hand, returning the surface to a bright silver, but leaving dark patination in the hammer strokes. This really emphasises the texture of these designs.
In folklore, chestnut wood is said to promote longevity and encourage intuition. Chestnuts are symbols of fertility and abundance.
The Sweet Chestnut collection is simple and unfussy, perfect for anyone who loves natural, organic jewellery. Each item is hallmarked by the Edinburgh Assay Office, which is your guarantee that it has been made from genuine sterling silver.