Cornish Wedding Rings
Posted on October 22, 2020
Cornwall is, of course, famous today for its beautiful coastline but since the early bronze age, about 2150 BC, the Cornish tin mines were also mining copper. In the early 1900’s the copper works at Newlyn were busy producing copper ware. This industry was captured in the painting “The Young Apprentice” by Stanhope Forbes, who incidentally often used my grandmother, Lillian, as a model for his other works. He offered to paint her portrait as a gift when she married, but she was so bored with sitting, that she turned his offer down!!
True to my Cornish roots, I like to use copper in much of my jewellery. Many of my pieces will have a copper or rose gold element. This week a couple who also have Cornish connections, came to make their wedding rings. They wanted them to have a rustic look with a copper line. The man’s ring has achieved that look, with oxidisation, whereas the female version is a little more polished.