What is a 'Silvery'?
I took on the business formerly known as Silverseashells in March 2009 where I'd worked since 2002, and where I learned my trade.
The company had made jewellery using the process of ‘electroforming’ (electroplating onto non-metallic objects) to coat shells with silver. I had fallen into the habit of talking about ‘silvering’ (which I recently discovered is in fact the term generally used for putting reflective coating on glass to make mirrors) as it seemed like the most appropriate and logical verb for putting silver onto all sorts of different objects.
The next question from there is ‘where do you go to get something silvered?’ The answer to this question is, naturally, ‘to a Silvery’. And so The Silvery was named.
The old name was the most appropriate when shells were all that the company was using. But by now a small collection of leaves was well established, the feathers had made their debut and were a huge success, and I was receiving a number of commissions every week to cover people’s own weird and wonderful things in silver.
From their own shells collected on holiday, to natural objects such as bird skulls, bits of wood and children’s teeth, to plastic toys, and pieces of lace…the list of things people wanted covered in silver grew and grew.
I needed a name that did not sound limiting, as the potential for items to be covered in silver was literally endless. I hope you will love and enjoy wearing your Silvery jewellery as much as I love making it.
Owner, designer and maker,The Silvery