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in the far west of Cornwall...

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Meet Esme & CIRCA 21

The bricks & mortar shop.

Founded in 2014 by jewellery designer Esme Burton, Circa 21 is an atmospheric shopping experience on the Penzance high street in the far west of Cornwall, UK.

For those seeking a well chosen, handmade Cornish gift, you’ll find an ideal selection among the beautiful displays over two floors.

If coastal living and original styling is you, then Circa 21 is perfect! Offering a light filled space to shop on the high street, you’ll love the summery vibe. Esme is passionate about supporting Cornwall based suppliers, selecting both established and upcoming makers to bring customers unique pieces to buy.

Circa 21’s designers, makers and artists are the soul, and the customer is at its heart.


Our website shop shows only a small curated selection of the more readily available and easy to post items, from some of Cornwall’s talented makers and suppliers.



Esme Burton is a member of

Made In Cornwall Scheme 

Cornwall Crafts Association

Penzance Chamber of Commerce  

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Circa 21 cares about giving you the correct information on our website. Please refer to our terms and conditions page regarding any issues you may have.


Please bare in mind Circa 21 is a micro business based on a high street, owned and run by a husband and wife team. Kindness and respect means everything to us and we will do our best to help you. We expect this in our customers too.


If you need to speak to us regarding a purchase on line or in store, please go to our CONTACTS PAGE

Do email us in the first instance with your queries. Our Customer Care policy ensures we can build trust and reassure you that you can buy with confidence from Circa 21, whether on line or in store.




At Circa 21 we are passionate about sustainability and have been awarded a 'Plastic Free Champion' status in the fight against single use plastic.

Penzance is very proud to be the first community in the UK, the world in fact, to be awarded the status by Surfers Against Sewage.

Plastic Free Communities 

Plastic pollution has sadly become synonymous with any coastal activity; from surfing to walking, beach holidays to wildlife watching – it is now an expected part of our experience. This is why marine plastic pollution and specifically tackling society’s throwaway, excessive or unnecessary plastic culture, has become Surfers Against Sewage’s top priority.




Owner of Circa 21, Esme Burton is a member of this approved origin scheme. Under her jewellery business Family Silver, she was awarded by Cornwall Council a 'Highly Commended' for 'Contribution to the Community' in 2016.

See for more details about the scheme.




Circa 21 was a finalist in 'Best Gift Shop' category in Cornwall in 2017 for more details about the urban guide to the countryside.




The JUST A CARD campaign aims to encourage people to support, value and buy from artists, designers, independent shops and small businesses by reinforcing the message that all purchases, however small, even 'just a card' are so vital to their prosperity and survival. More information can be found at



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