About Koa - ethical handmade jewellery

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Lawrence Gibson, The Maker

Lawrence Gibson was brought up in the hamlet of Nantithet on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. After attending the local primary and secondary schools he decided to follow the one year Art and Design Foundation Course at Falmouth School of Art. He gained his National Diploma in 1991 and, at the end of that year, relocated to pursue a three-year degree course in Industrial Design. He gained his First Class Degree with Honours from Cardiff Institute of H.E. in 1994.

Post education, Lawrence worked in the model-making business where he learnt new techniques and processes which lent themselves to the design and manufacture of jewellery. Having worked partly on jewellery design for a few years, Koa Jewellery was finally born in 2010. New forms took inspiration from the UK coast, its beautiful coves and beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture. Now based in Sully, South Wales, the process continues… as does the creation of ocean inspired jewellery.

The process

The initial forms for Koa jewellery’s pewter and resin range are sculpted and then moulded to produce duplicates of the originals. Each handmade piece of jewellery is produced using a base metal of high quality UK sourced pewter. The Pewter we use is 93% Tin (all recycled) and completely lead and nickel-free. Many of the designs incorporate coloured resin detail which starts as a pure, clear liquid to which colour is added. The resin is then either dropped into the pewter casting or made as a seperate piece to be incorporated into the design. Several pieces also feature beads, which are carefully selected and ethically sourced from fair trade suppliers.