The classic blue-and-white china has been reinterpreted with a contemporary twist. Moonrise Studios operated in Mullumbimby, in the hinterland of Byron Bay, from 2012 until 2018, when the business was sold and relocated to Bellingen, NSW. This beautiful modern blue-and-white pendant was made from a broken piece of a large jug, handcrafted in 2017 in the Moonrise Studio, not far from my home.
The silver in this pendant is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
This oval pendant measures 26mm x 20mm x 5mm deep.
The pendant comes with your choice of necklace -
wire collar 46cm/18"
box chain 56cms/22"
link chain 66cms/26"
Moonrise Studios oval modern china pendant
The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition.
The vintage china in your piece may well be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
The sterling silver ring is easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend the ring band too quickly or too sharply. As with all metals, if they are worked roughly they may break.
The sterling silver bezel will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.