Colours of Cadgwith, Cornwall
Living here in Cornwall is such a blessing. Beautiful scenery surrounds you, be it rugged coastlines on the North coast, calm coves and estuaries on the South, or expansive moorlands and grasslands in West Cornwall. The colours and textures change dramatically through the seasons and I never fail to be inspired by it all. So many of my designs echo these wonderful tones and shapes, sometimes consciously as a direct result of something I've seen, and often subconsciously too.
New places to visit in Cornwall 2022
I have made a pledge to myself to explore more of this stunning county this year as much as I can and last weekend I went to my first new place of the year - beautiful Cadgwith.
It's an atmospheric and historic fishing village on the Lizard peninsula which holds a real magical charm and is clearly steeped in fishing tradition and history. The boats still go out every day, as they have done for hundreds of years, fishing for crab (several tons a week), lobster, mackerel and mullet. I gather the pub is the social centre of the village, and while that in itself is nothing unusual, the regular evenings each week with folk music on a Tuesday night and Cornish singing on Fridays mark how integral the Cornish way of life is here.
As you walk down the hill from the coast path into the village you walk past stacks and stacks of lobster pots, huge crates of fishing line, buoys and various fishing paraphernalia very much still in use. Then you see the reminders of the past - old pilchard cellars, winches, the old lifeboat house that was used until 1963, memories of much-loved fishermen who lost their lives at sea. All are carefully and lovingly preserved and yet still forming part of everyday life.
This is the view from the main cove where the fishing boats are launched from (separated from the other smaller, less accessible cove by a huge outcrop of rocks), enclosed by steep, craggy cliffs. I'm pretty certain this stunning green rock is Serpentine - but if there's any geologists out there that can confirm or correct me on this, I'd love to know!
Walking from Cadgwith to the Devils's Frying Pan
If you take the coastal path from the village, before long you get to a stunning National Trust site, The Devils Frying Pan.
This dramatic arch was formed when the roof of a sea cave collapsed. Its name apparently derives from when the weather is stormy and the sea looks to be boiling within the cave. Some even liken the large boulder at the centre to an egg in a frying pan!
Finding inspiration for my jewellery
Cadgwith is a beautiful part of the world that I would love to visit again later this year, and enjoy the seasonal changes. The colours in January were far from boring though. Rich and earthy greens, greys and blues. All colours that feature heavily in my jewellery designs, using gemstones like green Amethyst, Labradorite, green Tourmaline, Peridot, green Onyx, Emerald & Larimar.
All such beautiful tones, I love bringing a bit of Cornwall into my designs like this.
I will be exploring this beautiful county of Cornwall more this year, and sharing the jewellery that is inspired by it too.
If you have any recommendations of more places to visit in Cornwall, I'd love to hear it. Just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add it to my list!
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