Welcome to the South Crofty Collection blog. Here we’ll post updates from our shop, as well as intoduce you to new items and special offers. You’ll also find articles posted here about all things tin, from the history of Cornish mining to how to care for your tin jewellery.

 

Our new website is now live, and we have a wide range of items now available in our shop. Browse our newest Collections; explore the Eternity Collection, for luxury diamond jewellery perfect for your 10th wedding anniversary; take a look at the Kerenza Collection, our popular range of contemporary designs; for something more traditional, our Cornish Collection is all about Cornish heritage; and for something extra special, our fledgling Elowen Collection is where you’ll find our newest designs.

 

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History of South Crofty Mine

| 29th May 2019 | Blogging

Up until its closure in 1998, South Crofty Mine had seen continual working for tin and copper since medieval times with an unbroken record of mining activity having been kept since 1670. During the 1830s the mine, then known as East Wheal Crofty, produced copper and was the premier mind in the district. Later split into smaller units, the South Wheal Crofty secton was eventually to become the largest Cornish mine in history. By the end of the 1880s tin had once again become the focus of the persistent and skilful search by Cornish miners deep underground.   From a tiny operation around one hundred feet long, less than one hundred feet deep and working a single main lode during the reign of Elizabeth I, South Crofty Mine grew to be almost 2 ¼ miles long, 3,000 feet deep and has mined over forty different lodes. South Crofty produced more ore than any other Cornish mine.   Despite the benefits of modern technology and the unrivalled mining skills of its workforce, extraction methods at South Crofty remained remarkably similar to those used by previous generations of miners, and up until its closure these methods were still physically demanding and labour intensive.   All tin mining in Cornwall has now ceased. South Crofty Mine was the last to close, ending production for good in 1998.   Our tin, which is now used to manufacture items for the South Crofty Collection, was extracted from South Crofty Mine prior to its closure, and was stockpiled solely for the purpose of producing jewellery and giftware so that people can buy a little bit of Cornish heritage and own a special piece of Cornwall....

Vacancy - Jewellery and Giftware Business Manager

| 21st May 2019 | Blogging

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to run the South Crofty Collection on a flexible 16 hour basis. The successful applicant will need good communication skills and be able to communicate in a professional manner. A good knowledge of e-commerce websites, as well as Google Analytics and Adwords, would be an advantage, but training can be provided.Responsibilities include acquiring new traders, attending trade shows, maintaining our website, controlling stock levels of finished goods and raw materials, dealing with customers, and the production of marketing campaigns.Use of a company vehicle is available to carry out required duties.Salary and bonus to be negotiated subject to experience.Contact Sue Dennis in the first instance with a CV at reception@wheal-jane.co.uk....

Cornish Tin Mining - A History

| 20th May 2019 | Blogging

Cornwall is world famous for its mining heritage. Archaeological evidence suggests that the tin industry in Cornwall began over 2,500 years ago. Ancient records of Roman and Greek geographers make reference to merchants trading with Cornish tinners who took the rare and valuable metal all over the known world.   These pioneering Cornishmen streamed the valleys and mined the veins visible in the cliffs and hillsides, and were granted special rights as far back as medieval times. King John granted Cornish tinners a Stannary Charter in 1201 which gave them unique rights and privileges, including the right to search for tin on anyone’s land.   Cornishmen are justly proud of their mining heritage. At its peak between 1750 and 1850, Cornwall was firmly established as the centre of the hard rock mining world. Apart from supplying most of the world’s tin and copper, Cornwall’s vast experince in hard rock mining developed unique skills among its miners which were later put to work in mines throughout the world. With the arrival of steam power in the 18th Century, Cornish mining engineers pioneered and developed the massive beam engines which helped the mines to operate at ever-greater depths. Working in majestic granite engine houses, the remains of which dominate much of the Cornish countryside today, they could either pump water and raise men and ore from the mines or provide power and water for the crushing stamps and ore dressing floors at the surface on which thousands of Cornish men, women and children worked.   The decline of the industry in the mid-19th Century resulted in thousands of Cornish miners taking their families and the skills overseas to the developing mining areas of Australia, the Americas and South Africa. It is still said that wherever there is a mine you will probably find a Cornishman at the bottom of it!...