Inspired by Celtic Design
Interlacing Celtic design was once inscribed on stone and parchment. The balance and intricacy of these designs captivated Sheila and she was moved to design various collections, some are a modern interpretation of the ancient artwork, others close to the original artefact.
This collection is derived from a small lead disc found on the Brough of Birsay in Orkney. The Brough, a small tidal island, supported a thriving metalworking industry from the 7th to the late 8th century. A rich array of brooches, rings and dress pins were found; jewellery for the prosperous Pictish community on the Orkney Mainland.
The Book of Kells is a beautiful illuminated Gospel Book of the late 8th Century. The pattern of intertwining cords and interlace is derived from Eastern and Celtic Art, and passed into the repertoire of British and Irish Art from the 6th to 9th Century.
A Celtic ring shape is a symbol of continuity as is the continuous interlacing in Celtic knot work. These rings are often used as wedding bands but can also be worn as a fashion accessory. All styles of these matching ladies and men’s rings are available in almost any size and can be made in silver, 9ct, 18ct, palladium or platinum.
Based on the Triquetra, or Trinity Knot, found in Celtic art and symbolic of the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, ever three, indivisible.
This design is popularly known as the Lover's knot, two intertwined lines knit together to make one whole pattern. Its history stretches back many centuries to the art of the Celts. Sheila has restyled these knots into designs for matching suites of jewellery. The interlocking knot still has significant meaning for two people wishing to pledge their devotion.
This collection was inspired by the Celtic symbol design on the Maid of the Loch paddle steamer at Loch Lomond, Scotland. A handsome kiltpin for men is also included in this collection along with matching cufflinks.
This collection is based around an 8th century brooch found in a Norse grave at Pierowall on the island of Westray in Orkney.
Following a visit to Sweetheart Abbey in the rich countryside of Dumfries and Galloway, Sheila was moved to create this collection. The Abbey was founded in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway in memory of her late husband John Balliol. The monks were so moved by her enduring love that they named it Sweetheart Abbey in her memory after she died in 1289.