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South Crofty Collection | 17th October 2019 | General Articles
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!                                                  ...

South Crofty Collection | 24th July 2019 | General Articles
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....

South Crofty Collection | 29th May 2019 | General Articles
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....

South Crofty Collection | 20th May 2019 | General Articles
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!...

South Crofty Collection | 17th April 2019 | General Articles
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.   Be sure to check beck regularly to see our latest posts!...