A Little bit of Cornwall

Unique Seaglass jewellery made in Cornwall by a jewellery artisan

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About About About
Me
Five years ago, i had a stroke. It was my second and at only 40 years old a huge game changer. To be fair, stroke is a game changer at any age, although i was very lucky after my first and continued to run my gardening business. Taking two weeks off to recover!! This time however was very different. I quickly went from being chilled out hands on dad, business owner and sailor, to a stressed out man with bad stroke fatigue, aphasia ( where one forgets words, sentences , gets them muddled etc etc) and a personality change. Not to mention the physical challenges. Whilst i have overcome much of the aphasia, i'm left in constant pain with shocking memory, poor mobilisation and other strokisms :-)
However, I'm still here and as a stroke survivor i try to make the most of things.
what I do and why
Hence making jewellery. I enjoy collecting the sea glass with my wife and children. The income gives me a little independence and the smithing deflects my brain from thinking about the pain, so i take fewer painkillers. All this positivity leads to a happier dad :-)
Every single purchase helps me recover a little bit more. Im passionate about our environment and feel, if we are lucky enough to live in a stunning part of the world, we should keep it that way.

Seaglass is something, cast away decades ago , that has become really popular. Not only gracing shelves in little jars or stuck on plant pots or mirrors, but finding iots way into jewellery. Wearable items that will grace any occasion with a little bit of intrigue and maybe, with the rarer colours, a little bit of jealousy! Its amazing that what has been rubbish thrown in the sea , has now become something to treasure. Something that will remind us of those holidays spent paddling in the Cornish Riviera. A memento, worn close to the heart, of a beautiful moment catching the last of the golden rays of sun in one of the most stunning counties in the country. Possibly the world!
Planet saving ( every little helps)
Here at a little bit of Cornwall, we love our planet . So where we possibly can we recycle , right down to the envelopes we send out. Be certain, the envelope may look a little tatty but the contents are far from it!
Where we can, we use recycled silver. When we don't, we use responsibly sourced silver from Italy in order to rule out ( as much as possible) any humanitarian or needless environmental damage issues that some products sourced in the far east can have.
Further still, when we go sea glass hunting, we always litter pick at the same time. We worked out that each pendant made equals approx. one carrier bag of rubbish removed from the beach by Holly (6) , Mylor (4) and Rosie, my wife.
Every single piece of sea glass is a unique piece of Cornwall, itself recycled after decades spent rolling around the sea bed. tossed and turned by many a storm. Crushed, moulded, rounded, smoothed until, finally, tossed ashore and found by us. Every piece is special, unique and always , always Cornish ( bar the odd piece from Devon but I will always tell you in the items description!).

I NEVER use ANY tumbled glass as seen on sites like etsy. Hence, prices for some of the rarer colours is increased due to difficulty in finding it. Again I only use Cornish sea glass that is hand collected by my family. Less than half of that collected becomes jewellery. The rest is given to others as "craft" glass and used in pictures, mirrors etc. Only the best of that collected will be used in my jewellery. Much as we love spending time on the beach, it takes many hours to find the sea glass that we use and each piece used isn't changed in any way. Other than to drill a hole for hanging or bezel setting. Others will shape the glass, file it down so it is more uniform in shape ( easier to bezel set). Here, we do things differently. Taking time and working with nature to produce totally unique but natural jewellery. Traditional methods are used throughout the creative process and all done by hand.

So if you want a gift for yourself or someone special but also feel a responsibility toward the environment then consider the goods on this website. If you want something that is certified " Made in Cornwall " then this is your lucky day! Cornish seaglass, found on Cornish beaches by a Cornish family and made into stunning Cornish Jewellery. If Silver was mined in Cornwall, be sure, we would use that too!





The beautiful Fowey

Just one of the many glorious spots in Cornwall that i just have to visit for sea glass! Its a hard life but someone has to do it!

Fowey on the south coast of Cornwall is a historic port of grreat standing in Conrwall with the river running from Fowey all the way to the trading town of Lostwithiel and beyond. It is a natural harbour and its size encouraged a strong trade in china clay , tin etc Not to mention a good deal of smuggling, lots of battles over the centuries and more currently a fishing port. Today Fowey is a playground for all things nautical and many historic vessels can be seen wandering in and out amongst the many leisure vessels. All this activity over many centuries makes Fowey a perfect place to find seaglass of allsorts. I have found sea glass here of colours not even recorded on the many sites that can be googled! However, I am not saying where!!! If you are visiting on holiday, readymoney cove is a lovely place to park a, explore and then walk through to Fowey. The beach at readymoney is well known for its seaglass as well as its super famous resident Mrs Dawn French who has made this stunning part of Cornwall her home for many years.

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  • Roche, Cornwall, United Kingdom
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Where does sea glass come from?

Two answers to this often asked question

The Enchanted Answer: Mermaids for many many years lived around the coastline of Cornwall, where they watched over the many fisherman sailing in and out of the myriad ports around this sea faring county. However, one mermaid fell in love with a fisherman, a cardinal sin, swimming close to his boat and helping him when he was in trouble. The king of the mermaids heard about this betrayal deep in his salty lair and was very angry. He swirled the sea , blew the winds and did his best to dash the fisherman's boat on rocks near the shore. At the last minute, as the bewildered boat dweller finally accepted his watery fate, the mermaid grabbed the boat and pushed it away from the rocks. As punishment the mermaids were banished from the shore and as they all left their rocks around the coast, their tears fell in to the water and settled on the sea bed as sea glass. The more considered answer: Sea glass is waste glass both lost at sea and dumped at sea. Cornwall's rich , sea faring history has left the area as a mecca for sea glass hunters from all over the world. Pentewan is well known for this glass but also for its sea ceramic. Small pieces of ceramic that are awash on the shore at low tide. These primarily came from the china clay industry. Back when Pentewan was a bustling harbour for ships loading with precious Cornish china clay, the ships would come loaded with ballast that would be cast over board before entering harbour. This ballast was invariably old clay pots and crockery! Some of the rarest sea glass found around the Cornish coastline is pink. A delicate lavender colour, this glassoriginated in the first world war when the glass industry could no longer import chemicals from Germany to turn glass into its clear form. We used different chemicals that had the same effect. However, once cast into the sea a hundred years of sunlight exposure caused these new chemicals to break down inside the glass, turning it pink! For more info on historic seaglass look up the oft mentioned Pirate glass on an internet search engine!![