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Budding Designer Wins Jewellery Challenge


An Orcadian student is to have her winning competition designs brought to life after wowing our judges with her range of contemporary jewellery, inspired by one of Scotland’s Neolithic sites. Read our blog post to take a look back at all the runners from the competition.

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

We partnered with Orkney-based jewellery manufacturer, Ortak, to challenge students across the country to design a range of jewellery inspired by Maeshowe Chambered Cairn. They were asked to draw on the different features of the 5,000 year old Orkney site, and its past, to help inspire their designs for the chance to have their creations manufactured and made available to purchase in gift shops and online.

Norna Sinclair

Norna Sinclair – Competition winner

Local Orcadian and Fine Art Textiles student, Norna Sinclair was named by judges as the overall winner. Representing the heritage and historical landscape of the site, her designed range – which includes a necklace, bracelet, ring and earrings – uses the circular bird’s eye view and archaeological field survey drawings of Maeshowe for its main inspiration. Norna drew on other aspects and features from the local surrounding landscape through the use of coloured enamels and was inspired by the Barnhouse Stone, incorporating this into her earring design as well as necklace and bracelet fastenings.

A set of silver jewellery in the Maeshowe design

Our judges also named Glasgow-based student Paula Hutchinson as runner up for her pendant design inspired by the Viking dragon stone carving within the tomb at Maeshowe.The Maeshowe Dragon necklace

Buy our range at Edinburgh Castle, Skara Brae or online. And our last date for Christmas delivery is 19 December* – NOW SHIPPING OVERSEAS.

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Aimee Bertram

Aimee works in the marketing department focusing on events and all the fabulous properties in the south of Scotland. She mostly blogs about upcoming events, our magnificent online shop and everything about the year of innovation, architecture and design - look out for her blogs that'll take you behind the scenes with Scottish designers.

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