I met two lovely ladies at one of my Open Studios events a few years ago. They came to visit me for a very specific reason – because I’m the spoon lady who transforms antique silverware into wearable heirlooms – and they wanted to ask if I could make them a set of Promise Rings from their family silver.
They brought some teaspoons to show me and they were a delight to see. Beautiful teaspoons with a very intricate pattern. They weren’t sure if the spoons were sterling silver or not and on close inspection, neither was I. With no identifiable hallmark, it was hard to tell.
The only marks on the spoons were the words ‘Roumanian Silver’. So I did a bit of searching and discovered that the pattern is quite well know from the 1800s, but I couldn’t, without sending them off for testing, know for sure if they were solid silver or not. I was happy to work with them and see if I could make them into rings regardless.
They were happy for me to anneal one spoon and see if the metal was workable or not. It was and so I set to work making a pair of promise rings for them. All the spoons in the set had a letter engraved onto the stems – a decorative letter M. So it was decided to make one ring with the M visible and the other with the reverse side of the spoon, which was plainer, but still decorative.