About Us & Our Story
Wearnes Jewellers established in 1890, by William Wearne, is headed by fourth generation family member Sarah Corbridge and her husband Adam. Click here to learn about Wearnes History.
Sarah is the inventor of the famous Cornish Tin & Gold alloy (Find out more about Cornish Tin & Gold here), and has received commissions from the very highest of places! A ceremonial cup, lined with her 18ct Cornish Tin & Gold is held at the Goldsmiths Hall in London. Below you can see examples of some of her many commission pieces.
Sarah has brought a modern influence into an establishment with unmatchable experience and professionalism, bringing Wearnes to the forefront in retail jewellery. Her artistic flair has created a luxury shopping experience in store, adorning them with hand embroidered silks and crystal chandeliers.
Sarah’s jewellery is both classic and contemporary, tailoring it to tastes of her clients. Specially designed bespoke commissions and remodelling of family heirlooms have become Wearnes speciality – and tokens of love leave romantically from Cornwall for all over the world.
In the 1990s, Sarah designed the ‘Lily of the Valley’ range of jewellery with Helston’s famous Flora Day in mind, as well as the Cornish Diamond Tin Collection – made from salvaged shipwrecked Cornish Tin and diamonds, now available as part of the St. Justin tin range.
In 2002 HRH Prince Charles received an 18 carat gold Lily of the Valley brooch to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee. HRH Prince Charles also received some Cornish Tin cufflinks.
A Cornish Tin tankard made by Wearnes in the early 1900’s was presented to King George VI by Camborne Chamber of Commerce, during his coronation tour in 1937.
Historic Solid Cornish Tin Holloware
In the early 1900’s Wearnes produced a range of holloware, including teasets, candlesticks, vases, sugar dredgers etc, made from over 95% pure Tin, mined from Cornish mines. This was only available from Wearnes.
Examples of some of these items are shown in the photographs alongside, as well as one of the original brochures. You can recognise one of Wearnes special Cornish Tin items from the stampings on the base.
The most exciting venture for Wearnes, marking its descending history through four generations, is definitely Sarah’s invention of the alloys of 9/18 carat gold and silver containing historic shipwrecked Cornish Tin (patent pending). This is intended so that everyone with a love of Cornwall can own a little piece of it and enjoy all types of conventional jewellery made from it, with no limitations on stone setting and design. Unique to Wearnes ‘Cornish Tin & Gold’ is in great demand wherever Cornish miners and families have settled. You can view Sarah talking about Cornish Tin & Gold on the Escape to the Country Series 15 Episode 2.
Above Karen Gaunt, Remiki Austin, Nicki Chapman, Colin Girling, Sarah Corbridge and the film crew.
Our Helston store on the left, next to our Falmouth store on the right (our Cambourne store) which was relocated in 2012.
Cornish Pasties Eaten
Wearnes Jewellers have been making bespoke jewellery for many, many years.
Take a look and read just a few of the many stories that inspired customers to ask Sarah to commission designs for them, or remodel and renovate their existing items of jewellery.
With the option to make jewellery even more special and unique, by incorporating our very own Cornish Tin & Gold mix, get in contact with us now if you have any ideas or designs.
Perhaps you have a special gemstone you want to do something unique with? Maybe you want to change the look of your Diamond ring? We will source the best gemstones worldwide and can provide you with any stone, in any size and grade desired; as well as a great range of ring shanks and styles from which to choose from.
All prices on application. For more in depth information on your jewellery commission in Cornwall contact us today.
Mandy Kirk lives in Cornwall, has Scottish blood and a love for the Celtic design, therefore, Sarah’s Cornish Tin & Gold™ alloy would be the perfect metal. Sarah used her Cornish Tin and Gold™ bracelet as inspiration to create a ring using this unique alloy, which also incorporated the Celtic knot which Mandy desired. Mandy’s husband, Andrew wanted to have a bespoke piece designed by Sarah to present to his wife for her 60th birthday. Sarah took Mandy’s love of Cornwall and the Celtic knot and interpreted them into a special piece which will forever hold great sentiment to Mandy. “My husband had the ring made for my 60th birthday – I wanted something very Cornish.”
"After Debbie’s parents passed away Sarah helped the Osborne’s design a piece of jewellery for Laurence; using the gold from Debbie’s fathers ring and the sapphires from Debbie’s mother’s engagement ring. This created the tasteful piece which combines the sentimental value of Debbie’s parents jewellery and the beginning of a treasured heir loom for the Osborne family. Debbie was inspired by Sarah’s “trade mark” design of a Cornish map lasered within all of Sarah’s Cornish Tin & Gold wedding bands. She used Sarah’s excellent design skills to design a pair of unique cufflinks in the shape of the map of Cornwall for Laurence. As an extra touch, Sarah suggested adding a diamond marking the location of their Cornish home."
Wendy had an emerald and diamond ring which belonged to her mother, which she did not wear. So therefore Sarah & Wendy designed an incredibly beautiful two drop diamond necklace to be made from the diamonds in the ring. This is so that Wendy could have these sentimental diamonds close to her heart when she wore them. “I did not wear the ring, and wanted to have a memento of my mother.”
Rebecca owned a gold ring which belonged to her beloved partner, Peter Curnow. With Sarah’s help a unique ring was made using the sentimental gold from Pete’s ring. The ring has Peters name written in hieroglyphics with a lotus flower as the centre piece, which is the Egyptian symbol of love. It is a very special piece which holds great sentiment to Rebecca, but it is also delightfully beautiful how it captures Rebecca and Pete’s love and happiness in a tasteful way. “After spending nine years together, I always wear it as it gives me some comfort knowing I am wearing his ring.”
Through being a customer of Wearnes, Carolyn recognised Sarah’s excitement and inspiration for thinking outside the box when designing jewellery. Carolyn had the confidence that this would result in a fantastic piece. Carolyn was born in the year of the tiger and holds an everlasting love for “Rough”, her 18 year old cat who was born in her kitchen. She wanted to capture this special love in an everlasting piece of jewellery. “Armed with a plastic bag of broken jewellery and pictures of tigers, Sarah was not fazed and immediately began drawing.” With Sarah’s help, Carolyn’s love of jewellery and love of cats resulted in her being the owner if a unique, stunning pair of Tiger earrings set with Diamonds. Also as a surprise for Carolyn’s 60th birthday from her husband, Stuart, we arranged to have a selection of exquisite Tanzanite’s for Stuart to choose one from. He then presented the precious stone to Carolyn so she could design herself a ring with Sarah’s help. Sarah found fabulous cushion shaped diamonds to mirror the tanzanite’s, and helped to perfect Carolyn’s design by suggesting white gold around the setting; to maintain the whiteness of her diamonds, “I love it! It has never been off my finger and is admired by all!”