'Empress of the Dark'
I cut two separate layers of silver for this brooch - an engraved base layer and a further 'fur' layer which I engraved to give the illusion of the delicate raised fur around the neck of the moth.
I then took two stunning curvy teardrop shaped Picture Jasper cabochons in a myriad shades of brown and bezel set them to create the wings.
I have antiqued this piece with a light patina finish to give it some contrast and to enhance the beauty of the stones.
I set the back with a pin and safety clasp for security (see picture 4)
This moth measures 43 x 38mm (approx. 1 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches)
All the designing, sawing, filing, sanding, soldering, texturing, patination, polishing, engraving and stone setting was done by my own fair hands in my North wales studio. The only part not made by me was the safety catch fitting which I decided to include for safety's sake as no one want's to lose their brooch!
In all my work I use recycled silver when I can to make my items more Eco friendly - for my conscience, your conscience and the sake of our beautiful planet!
Like all my stones - these are not treated or dyed or anything nasty like that! Simply as beautiful as our Mother Earth created them :-)
Fully UK Hallmarked Sterling Silver.
READY TO SHIP - Usually dispatches within 2 working days :-)
This piece is one-of-a-kind and the photos are of the exact item you will receive.
Will be sent presentation boxed, ready for gifting.
I am happy to send direct to your chosen recipient, and can include a small card, with your own message on it for you, at no extra cost. (Please contact me before/ when purchasing to arrange this).
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the creation of your own exclusive design, then please don't hesitate to contact me.
Will be sent by insured post, for your security, and mine.
I accept PayPal and Etsy direct checkout Both of these allow credit and debit card payments to be made. (other payment methods could be considered, please contact me if you wish to pay another way)
I do combine shipping, so if you want to order more than one item, please ask me for a combined shipping price if Etsy doesn't work it out automatically for you!
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT CUSTOMS CAN DELAY YOUR PARCEL FOR UP TO 28 DAYS IF THEY ARE BEING A PAIN, THIS IS NOT ABLE TO BE AFFECTED BY EITHER YOU, OR ME, THEY ARE A LAW UNTO THEMSELVES!!!
USUALLY THEY ARE PRETTY GOOD, BUT AROUND ELECTIONS AND HOLIDAYS THEY CAN BE PEDANTIC PESTS!!
THERE IS NO WAY I CAN HURRY THEM UP IF THEY PICK ON YOU, SO PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN ORDERING, AS THIS IS OVER, AND ABOVE, MY MAKING TIME THAT I MESSAGE YOU WITH WHEN ACCEPT YOUR ORDER AND THE STANDARD SHIPPING TIMES :-(
The vast majority of my items will be sent by a 'signed for' service for your piece of mind, and mine!
Additionally (in the UK), next day delivery is (usually, but not always - I may be out!) offered (on items already made, and paid for by 1pm) and will be charged at cost, please contact me before purchase to arrange this. Special delivery next day service is usually my standard method of delivery on jewellery items as only costume jewellery is insured by RM's signed for service - but if in doubt please don't hesitate to ask me.
INTERNATIONAL :- Customs duties are NOT INCLUDED in the price stated, please check your government's policies BEFORE purchase to avoid any unexpected price hikes by the delivery service!
AS STANDARD I MARK EVERYTHING AS GIFT
I DO NOT include invoice etc or anything with a price on in my parcels.
I DO include a shop business card with my contact details in case of issues/ lost in post etc.
If you would like this not sent just ask, but it's your risk if it goes astray! Lol
A handwritten gift note can be included free of charge, just ask :-)
All sent in plain packaging simply with return address as starlight and shadows.
So could be anything from my shop, most of which is 'innocent ' lol
All collars etc marked on customs as jewelry.
Other markings on request ;-)
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
I accept returns or cancellations on any item that is NOT made to order. Refund or replacement with another item is offered but excludes any shipping charges.
MOST OF MY ITEMS ARE MADE TO ORDER.
No cancellations after I have started on your order - I always inform you when I am about to start making it.
NO REFUND OR EXCHANGE ON PIERCING JEWELRY, PERSONAL JEWELRY (e.g. Earrings, PIERCING OR 'PRIVATE' JEWELRY) OR MADE TO ORDER ITEMS (WHICH MOST OF MY STUFF IS AS I USUALLY BUY IN THE RAW MATERIAL WHEN YOU ORDER) AND CUSTOM ORDERS.
RETURNS FROM COUNTRIES OTHER THAN THE UK HAVE TO BE CLEARLY MARKED AS 'RETURNED GOODS' ON THE PARCEL OTHERWISE CUSTOMS CHARGES WILL BE PAYABLE. RETURNS ONLY ACCEPTED BY PRIOR AGREEMENT.
Damages by the courier service will need to be claimed by buyer but I will do all I can to assist you in your claim.
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DELAYS BY CUSTOMS!
THEY CAN DELAY FOR UP TO 28 DAYS OVER AND ABOVE THE STANDARD SHIPPING TIME (PLUS MY MAKING TIME WHICH I ADVISE OF WHEN I CONFIRM YOUR ORDER)
Hallmarking - timescales, requirements and verifiability.
The UK 1973 Hallmarking Act requires by law that items weighing over 7.78grams in silver be hallmarked by the assay office. Items under this weight do not require this and may be stamped '925' or 'sterling' by the maker.
The UK assay office hallmark is your absolute guarantee of purity of metal.
I am registered with the Goldsmiths Assay office in London and have my own sponsors mark registered with them.
All of my items weighing over 7.7 grams of silver will have the full UK hallmark which incorporates my registered sponsors mark into it.
Items I make that are under 7.7 grams of silver will either have 925 and my initials marked on the back or, often, will have no marks at all. (occasionally I get them hallmarked under the 7 grams anyways!)
If you would like any of my smaller items to be hallmarked please contact me about the costs and times involved in doing so.
Hallmarking usually takes between one and three weeks to process, but can be expedited for an additional fee.
Custom made and made to order items for residents of other countries who do not wish for the items to be hallmarked (to save time and expense!)
Under part II of schedule 1 of the 1973 Hallmarking Act. As amended by the
Hallmarking (Exempted Articles) (Amendment) Order 1975 and the Hallmarking
(Exempted Articles) Orders 1982 and 1986.
1. An article which is intended for dispatch to a destination outside the
Please ask when (or before) ordering if you wish to take advantage of the exemption I can still stamp your item 925 and with my initials in place of the assay office hallmark if required in this situation.
I am sorry but I do not accept returns or cancellations (or make refunds) on made to order, personalized and custom order items (unless I have made an error).
Cancellations can only be made BEFORE I have ordered the materials / started work on your items.
Once I have ordered the materials or started work on your item(s) then I will be unable to cancel or change your order.
Yes, I ship to all countries where able to do so (some items may be too large or heavy)