Designer: Loinnir Jewellery
- Dublin City
Here at Loinnir Jewellery, we believe in representing Ireland's heritage but in a new contemporary light. That every piece of handcrafted jewellery holds a piece of Ireland today. Something that means more than an aesthetically pleasing of my piece of jewellery, but to feel a connection beyond the piece, through an understanding of its historical origin. Every piece of Loinnir jewellery holds a story of its own. With each piece, presented in our stylish gift box, complete with an attractive outline of the historical and cultural inspiration behind each piece. This Irish handmade jewellery has versatility and wear ability in mind. Design for the present, inspired by our past
About Loinnir Jewellery
Cara (also known as the Irish word for ‘friend’) was born and raised in the close-knit village that is Castleknock beside the Phoenix Park in Dublin. At 20 , Cara went on to study 4 years in The National College of Art & Design in jewellery & metalwork. During her final year, she researched the origins of Irish and Celtic jewellery design. Looking towards The National Museum of Ireland's Ór collection also known as the 'gold collection' for inspiration. Cara noticed that these were proud pieces, rich in colour and texture, and thought to herself that she could see these pieces being worn today. Cara identified an opportunity that opened up exciting new avenues and possibilities for Irish-Themed jewellery collection. Cara wanted to create something that fully embodied the richness and celebrate Ireland’s incredible design heritage, without losing sight of the current times.
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Since studying in National College of Art & Design, I have understood the importance of the creative process. Traveling around Ireland is always the starting point for our creative process. Finding inspiration in some subject matter for instance The Tumulus ring forts in Co. Meath, taking photographs and notes while visiting . Returning to the studio settled in Castleknock, I researched its origins and the meaning behind the monument. The next step is spent with a cup at hand, sketching designs that challenge notions of the body jewellery, fashion and the current environment. Experimenting with finishes, different gemstones and feeling out how I want to tell this jewellery’s collection. It’s only then we return to our cosy workshop in Dublin, to turn inspiration to reality.