Antique Insignia / Fine Silver Pendant - "Forever" (Two Hearts Intertwined above)
This stamped charm was created in pure silver (99.9%) using an antique wax stamp, with the word "FOR EVER" accompanied by two hearts intertwined at the top. Initially, Intaglios (or wax stamps) were developed to act as an official signature used on documents and to seal envelopes. More recently, these stamps were used to embellish and personalize documents and envelopes. To create the charm in pure silver, I use Metal Clay, a relatively new medium which consists of tiny particles of pure silver in a clay base. After each piece is created, I fire it in my kiln. During the firing process, the clay medium burns away, leaving a silver ingot with less than 1% impurities. As opposed to sterling silver, which is 92.5% pure silver mixed with 7.5% alloy metals. After being fired in the kiln, each insignia is oxidized and sanded to bring out the fine detail, then tumbled overnight to ensure strength and to achieve a high shine. Because fine silver is so pure, it is generally resistant to tarnishing and requires a minimum of care. I recommend gently cleaning with a soft cloth as needed. The finished insignia measures approximately 3/8" to 1/2" of an inch. It is finished with a jump ring which will allow it to fit easily on most chains or a leather cord or ribbon. Please note that this listing is for the pendant ONLY. If you are interested in a listing with a chain, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with chains currently available and the cost. Each piece will arrive with a story card explaining briefly about the process of creating this unique pendant. Your pendant will arrive in a little box with anti-tarnish padding, perfect for storing your new treasure or ready for any gift-giving occasion.