Koa jewellery-maker Lawrence Gibson was brought up in the hamlet of Nantithet on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Having gained qualifications in both Art and Design and Industrial Design, Lawrence initially worked in the model-making business learning techniques and processes which lent themselves to the design and manufacture of jewellery.
Koa Jewellery was established in 2010 and took inspiration from the UK coast, its beautiful coves and beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture. Each handmade piece of jewellery is produced using a base metal of high quality UK sourced pewter which is completely lead and nickel-free. Several pieces also feature beads, which are carefully selected and ethically sourced from fair trade suppliers.