This is the large silver version of our most popular Thor's hammer pendant. This heavy hammer has been individually hand forged from start to finish out of an ingot we cast ourselves, partially using offcuts from our previous work. Hand forged items are always unique, no two are exactly alike, which makes this method of making a Mjollnir very unusual. The surface is not mirror polished, but brushed and retains the very toolmarks that formed the necklace.
Our ridged design on the Thor's hammer is by far our most popular design, now reproduced by many smiths. Combined with the twisted Viking bail ring it creates a design that is both contemporary and historical at the same time.
As a custom order we can add a silver chain onto this pendant. Please contact us with the type of chain, weight and length you would prefer and we can check if we can source it from our suppliers for you. This will add to the processing time and price will depend on the chain.
Item as imaged.
Weight of the pendant: 40 gm / 1.4 ounces
Size: 2.5 inches x 1.25 inches
Necklace is adjustable from 29 inches to 16 inches
Materials: Sterling silver, 925. London Assay office Hallmarked. Black 2 mm round leather cord.
Status: Ready to Ship. Presented in a hand made card gift box.
Designed & forged by Marleena Barran
Hallmarking in the United Kingdom is one of the earliest examples of consumer protection laws in the world. The practice of assaying precious metals started in the 14th century and has been going on since then. Taitaya Forge are registered at the original Goldsmiths hall in London... the one that gave the name to hallmarking.
All items made out of precious metals that are sold in the UK have to be hallmarked. The threshold for silver is 7.78 gm. This is why this Mjolnir has a set of small laser engravings on the back. The engravings tell you that the silver is Sterling silver (925 parts of 1000 are pure silver). They also say who is the sponsor/maker, where the item was assayed and which year. The hallmark is your guarantee of purity and for me as the maker, someone two hundred years in the future will be able say it was made by me.
Unlike most silver pendants, this Thor's hammer has been hot forged to shape. This ancient way of working silver is largely forgotten in favour of the faster methods such as casting or fabricating.
Hot forging silver is a delicate process. If the metal gets too hot, it melts, if you strike it when it is past a certain colour of glowing red, it will crumble and if it is too cold it is hard to shape. Because silver cannot be left unattended in the forge, I can work on only one pendant at a time. When working iron I usually work on two or three pieces at a time. I hope this all explains how unique this Mjolnir is and why it is, in it's simplicity, still so much more valuable than its highly decorated cast counter parts.