Major Mitchell's Cockatoo Necklace - Cornish Pewter
This unique Major Mitchell's Cockatoo necklace was modelled after our popular pin badge designed by wildlife artist, Ian Griffiths, and commissioned exclusively for the World Parrot Trust with proceeds going towards protecting parrot species like the Major Mitchell's Cockatoo in the wild.
What is Cornish Pewter anyway?
Pewter is a metal alloy where 85-99% tin is mixed with other metals to give it strength -- in this case, copper. For centuries, Cornwall, in the South West of England, has been the hub of tin and copper mining. Although tin production has long gone, the World Parrot Trust has sourced an independent craftsman who works in this traditional material within a stones throw of the iconic Crown Mine at Bottalack.
Using recycled tin, molten pewter is poured by hand into the feather mould. When cooled, it is finished and polished by hand to product a genuine work of art.
Pewter has been used since pre Roman times and legend has it that the young Jesus Christ accompanied his uncle, a trader in tin, to the south west.