About Jo at Joon Silver
This is Jo - Owner and Creater at Joon Silver
My Little Purple Shed
This is where the magic happens!
My cat Ruby
Inside my Little Purple Shed
Tools of my trade
Hi my name is Johanna or Jo for short and I’m the owner here at Joon Silver. I personally handcraft every piece of jewellery.
It may be a bit different and a little quirky but never perfect or boring, always unique.
I live in Swansea with my husband Nigel and my cat called Ruby. I work from my little purple shed in the garden, and am often heard hammering away.
I love hand making my pieces and get excited when I find new and ornate spoons.
Having always loved unusual jewellery I fell in love with spoon rings when I first saw them, bringing life back to these unused items is a joy. Hopefully you will fall in love with them too, my rings are suitable for men and women so come in a large range of sizes the only thing you will all have in common is impeccable taste.
Each one has a description of its source and origin.
The larger heavier ones have all been assessed by The Goldsmiths Company Assay Office, London and have a change of use certificate which is included with your purchase, giving you added value and authenticity should you ever wish to sell it on or bequeath your piece. (Hence the price difference on some pieces).
Each piece is recycled so please note it has had a previous life, whilst it is stunning a little mark or dink shows the authenticity. They may not be perfect but this adds to the historic character and uniqueness of each piece.
History of Silver Spoon Rings
Spoon rings are widely thought to have originated in England in the 17th century, when people began to make rings from table flatware. Rumour has it that, servants stole from the master’s house to make rings from the cutlery. They couldn’t afford to buy engagement rings. Instead, they would steal a piece of flatware from the big house, and shape into into a ring for a marriage proposal.
It came to symbolise love and commitment and also an element of risk. As much of the cutlery was marked with the family crest or initials of the master, arrests were made and people charged with “stealing a silver spoon” or “larceny by a servant”. It’s the criminal records that allow us to track just how far back the spoon ring goes.
It has been said that Robin Hood gave his beloved Maid Marian a ring made from a stolen spoon. Given his penchant of stealing from the rich to give to the poor, this legend is not too hard to believe and truly romantic.
The centuries old Welsh custom of giving “love spoons” that originated in the 15th century shows the symbolic meanings of spoons. Each piece of jewellery is made from an original piece of flatware which shows its date and origin. It may not be perfect but you are wearing a piece of unique history and also recycling.