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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Colour of the Year 2020!

| 4 days ago | Blogging

             Every year the colour experts Pantone release a colour of the year! That colour this year is "Classic Blue". Pantone say that Classic Blue is "Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era."    It's a timeless colour that is simply elegant, bringing a sense of tranquillity.   Expect to see this colour everywhere this year, including in our jewellery! ...

Christmas has arrived!

| 17th October 2019 | Blogging

Our new Christmas Decoration has arrived! As I'm sure lots of you know, we've created a Christmas decoration every year since 2002, this year marking our 18th design. With designs including Snowflake, Mistletoe, Reindeer, Christmas Tree and more.This year's decoration was designed by Caroline, one of our lovely jewellery makers. It's a beautiful and intricate design that's been handcrafted throughout the whole process. None of our jewellery is mass produced, it is all handmade on site making each product more personal. This year we have released the Christmas Cracker.                             A beautiful decoration that will look perfect on your loved ones' trees this Christmas or even your own! As always, the decorations come with a certificate of authentication  and a gift box. Supplied with red satin ribbon to tie to your tree. Shop on the website here.This year, we've also released the Christmas Decoration Gift Sets; we have a set of five and a complete set. Perfect gift ideas for someone who already has a few of our decorations and may want to complete their collection or someone who wants to start the whole collection! Shop these now while stock lasts!                                                  ...

Cleaning and caring for your tin jewellery

| 24th July 2019 | Blogging

We are frequently asked how to look after tin jewellery after purchase. Tin will naturally darken over time, and to keep it looking its best we recommend using warm soapy water (washing-up liquid is ideal) and buffing with a soft cloth. Being a fairly soft metal, it is important that tin is cleaned carefully and gently to avoid scratching or warping.   If the jewellery is severely tarnished, South Crofty Collection offers a free cleaning service. You can return your jewellery to us and it will be put through our professional ‘tumbling’ system which will restore its original shine....

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....