About

We are a small jewellery business that design and hand craft our pieces from a workshop in the woods in Heamoor, Cornwall.
Our ethic is to try and be as environmentally friendly as possible, and up to 95% of the metal we use is recycled or Fairtrade. This culminates in a collection of contemporary jewellery, which changes subtly with wear in much the same way as the sea shapes the coastlines of Cornwall.

Each piece of Justin’s jewellery shows the contrast between the textures of the land and sea. He does this by combining wood or sand with precious metals to give each design an elemental feel, or by texturing the metal in a way that creates a feeling of organic movement.

We offer the opportunity to personalise or customise the design of each piece of jewellery we make. For our wood inlay jewellery you’re welcome to send us your own wood to use, but if not then a lot of our wood comes from old boats, tree surgeons, Cornish orchards, and even old furniture. Each piece of wood we use has its own history, grain and quality, and because of this every piece we make is as unique as the person wearing it.

Our sandcast collection has grown since Justin first developed the technique over six years ago; molten metal is poured directly into a mould filled with sand, giving the resulting piece an unusual and organic texture. We usually like to use Cornish beach sand from Sennen or Carbis Bay in St Ives, but on request we are happy to use your own sand too, creating a unique texture to the finished piece as well as a lovely individuality and personal touch. Because we use a new mould every time we cast a ring in this way, every sand cast piece is unique, much in the same way all the wood we inlay into our work shows a different area of the wood’s grain so that no two are the same.

Every piece of jewellery we make is hallmarked and stamped with Justin’s makers mark, so you can be sure of the content, purity and quality of the metals involved.

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  • Sand casting mould
  • Handmade sandcast ring in production

The Workshop

We moved to Trengwainton Pumphouse in 2015 from our old workshop in Newlyn.

Our lovely new workshop was built especially for us from the ruins of the the old Pumphouse situated right next to the reservoirs. Once we’d gotten a new roof on and filled in the pumping well, we moved in and have been busily making jewellery from our workshop in the woods ever since!

 


Justin Duance

After finishing his degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in London, 2000, Justin began making his collections and selling to local galleries. As demand grew he realised he wanted to start his own jewellery business. He soon found that the cost of living in London was too high to start a small business in designing and making contemporary jewellery and so moved back home to Cornwall and gradually built up the workshop and business to where it is today. A keen surfer, Justin’s silver and gold contemporary jewellery is deeply influenced by the surrounding countryside and ocean. He is especially fascinated by the way they engage with each other – constantly conflicting, whilst paradoxically achieving a harmonic balance. Save

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