Ben Miles and Lucy Gerrard of Silver Sapling spent several years in Scilly, living and working on the land and building their jewellery business at Phoenix Craft Studios, Porthmellon. Now home to them is Penzance in the west of Cornwall and they work from home in their bespoke studio. Everything is handmade with tools old and new, using mainly eco silver and recycled gold.
They spend a great deal of time walking the local area; the coastal paths, beaches, coves and woodlands of Cornwall. Their jewellery is inspired by their surroundings: “Colours and texture everywhere you look in this beautiful county, and where we can, we try to put what we see into our jewellery.”
“Ancient woodlands and rivers that lead to coves, and moors where granite stones have stood for thousands of years, each one a home for an abundance of moss and lichen. The sea is ever present; some days calm and inviting, turquoise hues shimmering on the surface in the sun's rays. Other days, the waves roll in with the wind, crashing in infinite possibilities of colliding foam and shingle. Barnacles cling to rocks strewn along the rugged coastline, forming huge colonies of life, battling against the elements of the vast Atlantic Ocean.”