Pewter is an alloy of Tin ( 92 % ) with Copper and antimony ( to harden the metal ) . Although Tin and copper had been mined in Cornwall for hundreds of years before , Pewter was first introduced to Britain by the Romans . The oldest known Pewter items were discovered in an ancient Egyptian tomb. By the middle ages , pewter was a much favoured material for the manufacture of tableware and this continues to this day . Pewter is regarded as the fourth precious metal and it 's use in the creation of beautiful Jewellery is continued by the Cornish jewellery company.
The far west of Cornwall is synonymous with tin mining in the UK and although there are no active tin mines at the moment , the metal is still there deep in the rock awaiting its discovery . The area where our Jewellery is made still features a plethora of old mine workings, shafts and buildings and they all serve as a reminder of times of old when , Cornwall was a hive of industry . The jewellery giftshop collection keeps that tradition of metalworking alive whilst aslo taking it's inspiration from the culture and natural beauty of the area .
When you receive your Pewter product from us , it will have a highly polished sheen . To prevent your pewter from becoming dull or dirty , you can preserve its beautiful lustre by washing it in warm soapy water and then drying with a cloth . If , however , your pewter becomes dirty , you can use metal polish to return it to its original state