Boston’s North Shore is home to a long shipbuilding and seafaring history. From her waterfront studio in Salem, the designer of this antique-inspired bracelet looks out at a reproduction 1812 schooner and the homes of 19th-century sea captains. This bracelet evokes the shipwrecked treasure rumored to exist off the coast. Reproduction brass coins and a vintage brass chaininspired by sailors’ knotsare treated with saltwater to create a verdigris patina and give the bracelet an antique aura.
I'm glad I purchased it on sale, but it is still not worth the cost. The metal is very lightweight, and the finish looks very artificial (that's a kind word for it). I beg to disagree with the statement describing this bracelet having been "treated with saltwater to create a verdigris patina": this bracelet I received was treated to globs of sage green-coloured matte paint. As it will cost me about a third of its cost to return it, I have decided to keep it, and so experimented with rubbing off some of this green paint. Using a rough cloth, some of the green rubbed off, but the patina is still decidedly fake. I'm hoping that after a bit more abrasion this bracelet might be wearable.
Was this a gift?:
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
From National Geographic:We appreciate your sharing your thoughts. The green substance you described is not paint. Salt water creates the chemical reaction that turns the metal green. After the salt water, it's covered with a clear coat that may combine with the verdigris finish and could make it appear to be paint. Jewelry cleaner will likely remove some of it.