Justin Duance Contemporary Jewellery is a small business designing and hand crafting pieces from our workshop in the woods in Heamoor, Cornwall.
Justin specialises in producing ethical jewellery and fair trade products showing the contrast between the textures of the land and sea. He does this by combining wood with precious metals to give the piece an elemental feel, or by texturing the metal in a way that creates a feeling of organic movement. His ethos is to be as environmentally friendly as possible, and up to 95% of the metal he uses is recycled jewellery or Fairtrade metal.
Most of the wood he uses comes from old boats, local tree surgeons and Cornish orchards, and even old furniture. This culminates in a unique collection of Cornish jewellery, which changes subtly with wear in much the same way as the sea shapes the coastlines of the county.
Justin Duance designs and creates his ethical engagement and wooden wedding rings and other contemporary jewellery using a stylishly understated combination of silver, gold and non-precious materials, such as wood, titanium and acrylic. Each piece his team creates changes over time in much the same way as the sea shapes the coastline. The wood he uses has its own history, grain and quality, and because of this, every piece is as unique as the person wearing it.
He recently expanded the range to include his sandcast collection. Molten metal is poured directly into a mould filled with sand, giving the resulting piece an unusual and organic texture. He has occasionally been requested to sprinkle local beach sand over the mould before casting – this gives extra texture to the finished piece as well as a lovely individuality and personal touch. Because he uses a new mould each time he casts a ring in this way, every sand cast piece is unique, much in the same way the wood he inlays into his work shows a different area of the grain so that no two are the same. Each piece is hallmarked and stamped with Justin’s makers mark, so you can be sure of the content, purity and quality of the metals involved.
More about Justin
After finishing his degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art in London, 2000, Justin began making his collections and selling to local galleries. As demand grew he realised he wanted to start his own jewellery business. He soon found that the cost of living in London was too high to start a small business in designing and making contemporary jewellery and so moved back home to Cornwall and gradually built up the workshop and business to where it is today.
A keen surfer, Justin’s silver and gold contemporary jewellery is deeply influenced by the surrounding countryside and ocean. He is especially fascinated by the way they engage with each other, constantly conflicting, whilst paradoxically achieving a harmonic balance. Recently he has expanded his collections to include a new variety of metals he can make his products in; he now uses platinum, palladium and titanium as well as the traditional silver and gold.