These are a handmade ‘caricature’ of an Ormer Shell. This is our version of the Ormer, pared down to it’s beautifully simplified basic characteristics.
Handmade by Athene in recycled sterling silver and then cast from Athene’s own resulting mould, each one of the cast pieces is then worked into by hand to create detail and individuality. No two of these will ever be identical and the imperfections and idiosyncrasies of the hand finishing process are design elements in their own right to be celebrated. Hallmarked at the London Assay Office. Also available in 9ct and 18ct Gold on request.
Overall, these earrings are 35mm including the hook.
The Ormer is a protected species in Guernsey waters and collecting them is strictly controlled. There are only a few ‘Ormering tides’ a year, when these delicate creatures are allowed to be taken from the beaches. Diving for them is prohibited, they must only be collected by wading, and only when they reach a certain size and level of maturity. The ormer shells used in my jewellery are much smaller than those allowed to be collected, they are the natural wastage from the old Rocquaine Ormer farm, which has now closed due to retirement. Ormers are no longer farmed in Guernsey.
Made from 100% recycled silver.
Each product comes individually packaged in a branded gift box
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All of Athene’s pieces are handmade by her and her small team in their St Peter Port studio. Each piece is individually crafted with care and attention to be made perfectly for you.
Of course, many items are available from stock but bespoke work can take longer, but it is definitely worth the wait for the end result, a beautifully made, unique piece, just for you.
After your piece is made for you, it may need to then be sent to the London Assay Office to be hallmarked.
Once your piece has been hallmarked, it will be sent back to the studio for its finishing touches, we will polish it and package it with care before we send it to you.
Our average processing time is 1-2 weeks, however, at busy times of the year, please allow up to 28 days for your purchase to be processed and shipped to you.
If you require your purchase in a certain amount of time, please contact us before ordering and we will try our best to do this for you.
If you’re not absolutely delighted with your purchase, of course you don’t have to keep it. You don’t want to keep things that don’t make your heart sing. Just send it back in the same unworn condition that you received it within 21 days and we’ll return your payment. No problem and no quibbles.
If any of our pieces have any kind of fault, however small, we’ll of course sort it out straight away. Just let us know and we’ll do the right thing.
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