Spotlight on Ditchling

Ditchling is a village chock-a-bloc with artists, producers and craftspeople.

We’d like to shine a light on our clever neighbours; local jewellers Pruden and Smith, who have released their stunning new collection entitled the Trap (Sussex Shore) Collection.

Now available at their Ditchling Gallery and through their online store, this collection draws inspiration from the stunning Sussex shoreline, specifically the look of pebbles getting trapped in the distinctive chalk beds and wooden groynes of Burling Gap and Cuckmere Haven.

Crafting Sustainably

Pruden and Smith is set in the heart of Ditchling village, and was founded in 1988 by local icons Anton Pruden and Rebecca Smith.
They now employ 13 team members, who work from an airy Victorian basement beneath their gallery.

They have a strong commitment to sustainability and have made it their mission to craft beauty responsibly.

The Trap (Sussex Shore) Collection, like all their ranges, is made with recycled gold and platinum, underlining the company’s dedication to sustainable jewellery making (isn’t that nice?)

Jewel in the Crown

In addition to being innovative jewellers, Anton, Rebecca & their team consistently show commitment to their local community.

The couple are part of Visit Ditchling, a self-help tourist organisation with the express aims of increasing tourism and to support the aspirations of local traders, and to work with community groups to support quality of life for residents.

Recently, they generously donated a beautiful pair of silver earrings to the Bull’s Coronation Day fundraising event for Ditchling (St Margaret’s) School, helping us to raise £165. 

Their dedication to their community is evident in their production process too, as each creation is handmade in Sussex, upholding the glorious tradition of British craftsmanship.

So, whether you’re in the village doing your shopping at the Sussex Peasant, or nipping to the chemist, be sure to swing by and check out Pruden and Smith’s beautiful new jewellery.

Pop in for a swift half at our lovely pub if you do.