We are a small jewellery business that design and hand craft our pieces from a workshop in the woods in Heamoor, Cornwall. Our team is made up of Justin Duance, John O'Mahony, Chloe Williams, Taiman Marks and Jamila Hirtenstein. If you call you will speak to one of us.
The jewellery that Justin produces shows the contrast between the textures of the land and sea. He does this by combining wood with precious metals to give the piece an elemental feel, or by texturing the metal in a way that creates a feeling of organic movement. Our ethic is to try and be as environmentally friendly as possible, and up to 95% of the metal we used is recycled or Fairtrade. Most of the wood we use comes from old boats, local tree surgeons and Cornish orchards, and even old furniture. 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.
Justin Duance designs and creates his contemporary jewellery using a stylishly understated combination of silver gold and non-precious materials, such as wood and acrylic. Each contemporary piece our jewellers create changes over time in much the same way as the sea shapes the coastline. The wood we use has its own history, grain and quality, and because of this every piece is as unique as the person wearing it.
We recently expanded our range to include our sandcast collection. Molten metal is poured directly into a mould filled with sand, giving the resulting piece an unusual and organic texture. We have occasionally been requested to sprinkle local beach sand over the mould before casting – this gives extra 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. Each piece is hallmarked and stamped with Justin’s makers mark, so you can be sure of the content, purity and quality of the metals involved.
We moved to Newlyn in 2002 from the old workshop we shared with Justin’s partner Poppy Treffry, a successful textiles designer. We now have the space to expand our range to include silver watches.As with most workshops it gets very hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter. We have four jewellery benches and a small casting set up.
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. Recently he has expanded our collections to include a new variety of metals we can make our products in; we now use platinum, palladium and titanium as well as the traditional silver and gold.
John began working with Justin when he was just seventeen and has now been working with him for over ten years. Having mastered all the techniques we use here in the workshop, he is able to create all of our different designs – of which there are over one hundred and fifty - from scratch. He is also our resident stone setter; any piece of our jewellery with a gemstone set in it will almost certainly have passed through his hands.
Chloe is a jewellery designer in her own right, and has a degree in Art and Design. Specialising in making silver jewellery inspired by the coast and working in particular with sea glass, Chloe is also a member of the artist run collective at ‘The Cowhouse’ gallery in Perranuthnoe. Here she specialises in sandcasting but also works with our pieces at any stage of their production, from ring blank to finished product.
After doing work experience with Justin whilst completing her degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing, she began working more and more in the office with the administration and is one of the first points of call for those who contact us. She and Justin work together to communicate with clients and galleries, and in developing ideas for commissions.
Jamila is our most recent acquisition to the team at Justin Duance and has been especially trained in the secrets of how we put the wood in our rings. Her creative background is rooted in her beautiful handcrafted flower adornments which she makes from cold porcelain – a more permanent solution evolved from making sugar flowers for her delicious cakes.