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Monday, 16 June 2014

FOUND - Washed Up in East London


I found this statement necklace at Spitalfields Market near Liverpool Street Station at a weekDAY antiques stall. Spitalfields is a popular weekEND shopping extravaganza; vintage, handmade and weird, wonderful new items abound. But Monday to Thursday the stalls go quieter, as a handful of antique dealers pitch up beneath the soaring glass canopy. This is unlikely to be real coral and pearls, it would cost a pirate's ransom if it were but it's still a quality piece. The silver clasp is marked '925.' Pure silver is impossible to work with so another metal is added to the mix - 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper is high quality. England hallmarks silver with little symbols but in the USA and other countries '925' distinguishes the best silver. The necklace is cold to the touch indicating it's made from a material found in nature. Maybe not pearl or coral but stone, marble or shell. I bargained it down and shelled out a cool £28 for it.   

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