Millions of years ago, a tropical forest covered much of our Earth. Ages passed - the great trees fell - the dense undergrowth decayed - forming a black humus hundreds of feet thick. The Earth’s crust sank, the silent waters held lordly sway where once the mighty forest stood.

Through endless years, silt and sand slowly settled on the remains of the forest. Then the waters receded and another forest grew. Many layers were formed this way. 

A terrific earthquake then contorted and folded the Earth and the tremendous pressure wrought a magic change - the black humus became Coal – trapping millions of years of forest life and millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide in solid form.

COALSTORE produces handcrafted jewellery, sculpture and clothing made from fossilised carbon minerals. Each piece is made under high pressure and temperatures, slowly converting ancient trees into precious rocks. It is worn and produced in support of the global climate movement.

COALSTORE'S SS16 'Black Sunlight' COLLECTION is a collaboration with artist's Paul Smyth & Andrew Merritt of Something & Son and material and wearable objects designers Marina Stanimirovic and Roisin Johns. The collection retells coal's story and celebrates it's beauty.  It launches at Somerset House, London in 27th April 2016.

By wearing a COALSTORE piece you express a belief that this precious rock should be treasured and not burn’t. You commit to fight for the greater good of humanity, the creatures, the land, earth and sea and against those who poison us and fuel mindless consumption.

The COALSTORE Manifesto 

+ To burn no precious fuels for the sake of beauty +

+ To lock coal back into the ground protecting life from further pollution +

+ To battle mindless consumption, provoke fervour and possession +

+ Resist those who poison the land and air +