Sarah de Larrinaga Jewellery

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“Delicate gemstone and silver jewellery handmade in Cornwall”

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About Sarah de Larrinaga Jewellery

Sarah de Larrinaga Jewellery

Delicate precious gemstone and silver jewellery to add colour and sparkle to your life.

Hi! I'm Sarah and I make delicate silver jewellery using precious and semi-precious gemstones. Twenty or so years ago I was working in higher education when I went to the Netherlands for some meetings. I had an afternoon off and tried to do some sightseeing around Leiden - but it was December and the freezing sleet was horizontal so instead I ducked into a random shop and became addicted...

The shop sold beads and the assistant showed me how to begin making jewellery. When I got home I bought more beads and tools, read books, took lots of jewellery making classes, and then silver smithing classes. The gemstones became my passion - I buy mostly from Jaipur in India, which is considered the the gemstone cutting capital of the world, and the cutters I go to specialise in exclusively cutting AAA grade stones. To hold gorgeous peridots, black diamonds, rubies, blue sapphires in my hand - as I am in the photograph - is amazing and in the end, I chucked in the day job and ran away to the sea side to make jewellery full time.

I like small and delicate jewellery, not big and chunky, and that's what I make - jewellery that can be worn everyday but is also special enough for going out, and always made from the best materials I can find, while staying affordable. I find I have an inner extra confidence from wearing the real thing, and I like the idea that the pieces will last and can be passed on to the next generation.

Nowadays I live and make my jewellery in a C18th Wesleyan Chapel - Wesley himself preached there in 1766. It's on a little no-through lane that winds down to the sea and most days I walk along the beautiful Cornish coast looking out over the fairytale St Michael's Mount. When I'm not making jewellery at home, I have a stall at the weekly St Ives Craft Market in the Guildhall, and the monthly Truro Cathedral City Market - if you come to Cornwall, come and see me!

PS - My surname dates back 1865 and the arrival in Liverpool of a Basque sailor called Ramon de Larrinaga. It rhymes with Lime and Lager, which isn't very romantic, but is accurate!