This is the steamer SS Liverpool which carried our Cornish Tin before it sank in 1863.
Gold is reputed to be the first metal discovered by man. It is the only natural yellow metal and because of this it became associated with the sun and gods.
For centuries gold has been proudly worn as a sign of wealth and prosperity. An ancient gold coin retrieved from the ground after hundreds of years still maintains its condition and brightness. It’s nobility – resistance to corrosion is such that not only does it resist surface chemical change imposed by the weather – oxidisation causing tarnishing, but it resists attack from acids also. Hence its use for coinage.
Gold is also a malleable metal, another factor for use in goldsmithing. Fine or pure gold is soft and therefore unsuitable for jewellery manufacture. Controlled by strict laws, quantities of different metals (parts) are mixed with gold to produce a suitable alloy for jewellery manufacture.
The Cornish Tin & Gold alloy retains the 9ct gold purity and uses Cornish Tin from the ship that later became a wreck in the photo above, as a part of the other 15 metals added.
Cornish Tin & Gold and Cornish Tin & Silver are our exclusive fusions incorporating tin mined in Cornwall, so while its gold or silver purity is the same as any 9 carat or sterling silver, its value is unique. Every item of our jewellery contains a piece of Cornwall.
If Cornwall holds a special place in your heart, you may choose from our exclusive range or commission your very own bespoke piece, individual to you.
A Cornish Romance
“Some say of the Cornish miner His home is the wide, wide world For his pick is always ringing Where the Union Jack’s unfurled” – Herbert Thomas (1896)
Cornishmen are justly proud of their ancient tin mining history dating back more than 250 years. By the 1830s thousands of Cornishmen, women and children were employed by mines suppling most of the worlds tin and copper.
Their skills and industrial invention took Cornish miners all over the globe. Today there are over 6 million people of Cornish descent living worldwide, from Nevada to Norway, Australia to India, Spain to South Africa. (If you are one of those Cornish descendants we’d love you to get in touch and share your story with us).
And so our special 9 and 18 carat gold and silver jewellery is sent out all over the world, with love.
Where possible, all of our Cornish Tin & Gold and Cornish Tin & Silver jewellery is identified with a tiny map of Cornwall.
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It would be our pleasure should you wish to contact us for further information regarding Cornish Tin & Gold and Silver, or we would be delighted to recieve you at Wearnes should you wish to visit one our historic and charming retail stores. Our experienced and friendly staff will be only too pleased to be of assistance.” – Sarah & Adam Corbridge