"Patience has been a well known family name in The Highlands of Scotland for centuries. My Mother’s family is from a wee fishing village on The Black Isle - a beautiful peninsula just north of Inverness. I was born up there and it’s a place that’s still very close to my heart."
A Fresh take on an ancient style
My jewellery in general isn’t defined by a strong Celtic influence and I tend to shy away from the obvious cliches. But even still, I suppose it’s engrained in my psyche and I can’t help but take inspiration from our rich cultural heritage and ancient history from time to time.
So, when a client asks me to design jewellery to celebrate their Scottish heritage, I put my heart and soul into it and I try my best to create something meaningful with a fresh take on an ancient style.
What makes Celtic and Scottish jewellery design so unique?
When it comes to jewellery, few styles are as rich in history and symbolism as Celtic and Scottish jewellery. Each piece tells a story, weaving together history, mythology, and the natural world in an enchanting way. From intricate knots to iconic symbols, these designs have captivated people for thousands of years.
Symbolism in Celtic jewellery
For me, one of the most fascinating aspects of Celtic-inspired jewellery design is the symbolism; each knot, pattern, and symbol holds a specific meaning. For example, the thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the thirteenth century and it stands for bravery and loyalty and the Celtic knot represents eternity and the interconnectedness of all things.
How does Scottish heritage influence my jewellery designs?
Scottish and Celtic-inspired jewellery in general incorporates elements such as thistles, heather, and Celtic symbols. In my work I like to have a more nuanced approach with textured finishes, subtle symbols and hand engraving. The rugged beauty of the Scottish landscape is a constant source of inspiration for me. From the epic mountains of the Highlands to the dramatic cliffs of the coastline, the natural world is intricately woven into the fabric of my identity and I think this comes out in my designs.
The enduring appeal of Celtic and Scottish jewellery design
Despite being rooted in ancient traditions, Celtic and Scottish jewellery design continues to captivate people all over the world. Whether it's a Celtic inspired engagement ring, a bespoke kilt pin or a personal engraving on a wedding band, these designs carry a sense of history embracing a rich cultural heritage and connecting with the past.