This 80th birthday birthstone necklace would make an ideal gift for any woman who is just about to turn eighty. Handcrafted from 925 sterling silver and 14ct Gold-filled wire it features a pendant made up from eight interlocking rings to represent each of the eight decades the recipient is celebrating. The rings are all slightly different to emphasise the fact that each one represents a different decade in the recipients life and when joined together they symbolise wholeness, strength, unity and everlasting love. Sitting in the centre of the pendant is a gorgeous wire wrapped semi-precious birthstone. You are free to choose any applicable birthstone and all our stones are guaranteed to be of at least A grade quality.
Gold filled wire is composed of a solid layer of gold which is bonded to a base metal - making it a much more affordable option than solid gold, however, if money is no object, we can create a version of this necklace that does use solid gold and you can click on the following link to find out more - Solid 9ct Gold and Silver 80th Birthday Necklace with Birthstone.
If you're looking for an extra special 80th birthday gift what could be better than a handmade piece of jewellery that was created just for her! No machines, no production line, just a skilled artisan sitting at a jewellery bench creating a fabulous milestone birthday gift that will stand the test of time.
As soon as we receive your order one of our trained silversmiths will begin work on your gold and silver 80th birthday birthstone necklace. They will start by measuring out and cutting eight equal lengths of 1.3mm wire in yellow gold-fill and sterling silver. Working with a series of hand tools they will then bend and shape the wire into circles and use a combination of solder and flux to join each piece together. Using a rawhide mallet they will then hammer the various parts onto a mandrel to make sure they are perfectly round and conform to the correct sizing's for this particular product. A bench block and several texturing hammers are then used to create the patterns and effects that will make this particular piece of jewellery totally unique. All the rings have now been individually handcrafted and now need to be interlinked to form the pendant. This process involves carefully cutting into each ring, connecting them together and once again soldering them closed.
The attention now turns to the birthstone charm that will have pride of place in the centre of your necklace. Taking your chosen stone the jeweller will thread a thin silver wire through the purposely drilled hole. Using a pair of pliers and a considerable amount of skill and patience they will tightly wrap the wire around the stone numerous times before creating a loop to finish. A jump ring is then fed through the loop and the completed charm is soldered onto your necklace.
Your item is now fully formed and ready for the cleaning and polishing stage. The silversmith will use a combination of different sized files and sandpaper grits to make sure all soldered joins are invisible to the eye and smooth to the touch. A buffing wheel in combination with several polishing compounds are then skilfully applied to give your finished piece the shiny, mirror-like finish that it truly deserves. A member of our team will now measure out and cut an applicable length of chain based on your specific requirements and attach a jump ring and lobster clasp to either end.
Finally it's off to packaging and dispatch where your necklace will be given a final polish before being placed in a Pretty Serendipity gift box. As a little added extra we'll also send you a 'thank you' card which includes the name of the jewellery maker who was responsible for the creation of your one of a kind piece.