Cornwall LivingIssue #71
A golden age
This spring, Cornwall Gold celebrates 30 years of restoration and new jewellery that reflects its proud mining heritage.
Set in 18 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Cornwall Gold has been busy producing jewellery for almost 30 years. Here you can indulge in some retail therapy in the amazing showroom before visiting the award-winning Cornish Pantry. The breakfast menu features all your early morning favourites, from bubble and squeak to its award-winning Cornish breakfast served on a tinner’s shovel! All ingredients are sourced from within a 20-mile radius of the kitchen, so this is truly a local affair.
“If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to work in Cornish mining at the height of the industry, Tolgus Tin Mill offers a wonderful insight into the lives of the men and children who worked there.”
If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to work in Cornish mining at the height of the industry, Tolgus Tin Mill offers a wonderful insight into the lives of the men and children who worked there. Visitors can see a working set of Cornish stamps, thought to be the last in existence, which are over 150
years old. You can discover the story of many of the individuals who worked at Tolgus, and whilst it was undoubtedly safer than many of Cornwall’s underground mines, to wander through the mill is to be reminded of how dangerous the work could be. It was noisy and wet and children, who were expected to follow in the footsteps of their fathers and grandfathers, would be placed on duty in the slime pits or under the shaking tables – a form of labour that would be unthinkable today.
It’s 30 years since Cornwall Gold started its restoration project and to celebrate, entry to the Tolgus Mill, the last remaining tin mill in Europe, is completely free throughout 2018. It is steeped in history and provides the tin which features in Cornwall Gold’s Tolgus collection; a bespoke range of jewellery forged from tin combined with silver and gold.
Proceeds from visitor donations and the sale of jewellery allow the restoration of the historic Tolgus Tin Mill to continue, ensuring this unique piece of Cornwall’s mining heritage is preserved for future generations. With preservation in mind, Cornwall Gold is delighted to present its new Tolgus Bridal collection, a legacy that will not only help safeguard the future of the mill but also signify the start of new lives together. Lovingly handcrafted to your exact specifications, each bespoke piece contains Tolgus Tin extracted and processed on site, combined with 9ct gold. For those who live in Cornwall, or hold Cornwall close to their hearts, Cornwall Gold offers the perfect collection of jewellery with which to express your love. The friendly and experienced team are on hand guide you through the process of selecting the perfect ring, so you can relax in the knowledge that Cornwall Gold has you covered from initial consultation right through to design, sizing and manufacture.
Perhaps you have a family heirloom that you would like to incorporate into your special day? The onsite goldsmiths not only offer a cleaning and repair service but can also transform your existing jewellery. This means you can take a piece that holds special sentimental value and commission a redesign into something that will make a memory to last forever.
Save 10% on any Cornwall Gold jewellery with the presentation of a copy of this issue of Cornwall Living magazine (not valid with any other promotion). A visit to Cornwall Gold is a uniquely Cornish experience and is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm and can be found between Redruth and Portreath, just off the A30.
"If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to work in Cornish mining at the height of the industry, Tolgus Tin Mill offers a wonderful insight into the lives of the men and children who worked there."