Cornwall LivingIssue #76
Jewels of the Duchy
Inventor of Cornish Tin and Gold™, we catch up with Sarah Corbridge of Wearnes Jewellers.
With shops in Helston and Falmouth, Wearnes Jewellers is headed by fourth-generation Cornish jewellery designer, Sarah Corbridge and husband Adam. Sarah is the inventor of Cornish Tin & Gold™ and Cornish Tin and Silver™, unique nine carat and 18 carat gold and silver alloys which contain historic Cornish tin, salvaged from a shipwreck which lay on the seabed for more than 140 years!
“Both our daughters have been making jewellery since they were able to hold a piercing saw, and their designs are so on trend”
Their daughters – now the fifth generation – are also well and truly involved in the business, with one of them working hard to shape up its online presence. Sarah tells us: “Both our daughters have been making jewellery since they were able to hold a piercing saw, and their designs are so on trend. They too are taking commissions and designing for Cornish Tin & Gold.” One of them has studied Business, Photography and Retail Jewellery, while the other has a degree in Performance Sportswear Design, so between them, they bring a lot to the table!
Sarah herself was voted as ‘Designer of the Year’ at the Cornish Brides Awards in 2014. Her work is appreciated by surfers as far away as Hawaii, ancestors of Cornish miners in Canada and America and business people in Hong Kong, as well as, of course, Cornish locals embracing the Duchy’s wonderful mining heritage and a general love of Cornwall. She also alludes to undertaking commissions from the very highest of places!
Drawing her inspiration from the gorgeous surroundings of Cornwall’s coast and countryside, Sarah is also able to extract from her clients what is most important to them.
Wearnes, which is a member of the National Association of Jewellers, specialises in undertaking jewellery commissions and restoration/repair work, which is carried out at their extensive four-bench workshop beneath the Falmouth boutique by experienced goldsmiths, with services including special wedding ring services, claw re-tipping, stone replacement, chain repairs, soldering, re-rhodium plating of white gold and more. All of Wearnes’ diamonds are conflict free and they love to recycle your precious metal or remodel a piece into your own bespoke, special item of jewellery. There are also specialist wedding ring services and payment plans available, so whatever you’re looking for and for whichever occasion, you can find the perfect piece at a price that suits your budget.”
You’ll often find pre-loved prestigious watch brands including Rolex, Omega and Cartier available, so if you’ve been looking for a luxurious timepiece, whether for yourself or for a gift, be sure to pop in store!
"Both our daughters have been making jewellery since they were able to hold a piercing saw, and their designs are so on trend"