St Justin Jewellery
Each individual piece of St Justin jewellery and giftware is crafted by hand and eye in Cornwall, the South West extremity of Britain. This wild and beautiful land was home to the many native Celts who were driven away from the temperate midlands of Britain by invading European warriors, such as the Angles of Northern Germany. It is in places such as Cornwall, Wales, Ireland and Scotland that the art of the Celts and ancient Britons has survived, carved into stone tombs and discovered on pottery fragments and ornaments.
As the years went by, religious scholars and monks adopted the traditions
of Celtic art, creating illuminated texts such as the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Their work exemplifies the simple sophistication of form and from their
creations are drawn many of St Justin's favourite designs. As Christian
beliefs spread across the world, the Celtic cross evolved, with the circle
that surrounds the cross symbolising the 'great wheel of life' - a belief
that is thought to predate Christianity. These carved stone crosses are
scattered throughout the country and are a common site in our Churchyards
and by our roadsides today.
Celtic art reverberates through the centuries, identified by the simple sophistication of form and an indefinable feeling for the rightness of things. Modern interpretations of Celtic tradition have given us the Arts and Crafts movement, where the ancient Celtic beliefs in elegance of form, and a reverence for the Earth and its creatures, is apparent in the work of designers such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Archibald Knox.
The result, as given form by St Justin in the enduring alloy of pewter, is not only a recreation of the past, but a continual evolving of living art, created by modern craftsmen for the people of today.
St Justin Bronze
The Bronze Age in Great Britain and Western Europe began over 4,000 years ago in around 2,000 BC. Both copper and tin were discovered, mined and fused together to form the alloy bronze, renowned for its strength and longevity.
This ancient metal has been re-created using recycled copper and Cornish tin to product these new designs. The methods are difficult and painstaking but the final results are worth the effort. This bronze jewellery is harder and stronger than gold, silver or platinum - after all, they made swords with it in the Bronze Age.
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