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A Pensarn jewellery firm has been closed with the loss of nine jobs.
The Kate Hamilton-Hunter Studio, which specialised in handmade jewellery from recycled materials, ceased trading on Tuesday, blaming cheap factory-produced imports.
The studio created products for over 480 boutiques, shops and galleries across the UK – its collections were made from old biscuit, sweet and toffee tins, and recycled silver and aluminium.
In a statement from the studio’s Facebook page, owner Kate Hamilton-Hunter said: ”We have all tried so hard, put so much energy and effort into creating jewellery with a difference and a real beating heart. But factory-made cheaper jewellery from the Far East is squeezing unique little businesses like ours out of the market, as customers want cheaper and cheaper gift products.”
She added: ”If there is one thing I would ask you to do as we close the doors here is to make conscious choices about where and how you spend your hard-earned cash, the more we make a conscious choice to shop local, to buy British handmade, the stronger our economy will be. If it’s a bargain, it’s probably made in China, please think before you buy.”
The jewellery firm had been set up at the Station Business Park twelve years ago – its website has already been taken offline.