One of the best things about designing and making jewellery is the opportunities it gives us to work with some amazingly talented people, whether highly-skilled craftspeople in the workshop, archaeologists at digs and in museums, or designers with great new ideas.  In recent years we've had a great time collaborating with one particularly brilliant designer, Susan Cross of Edinburgh.    Ola had known Sue for years - Ola tends to know everyone in Scottish jewellery! - but it was relatively recently that they first thought of working together.  Sue came up to visit Orkney and spend some time with Ola...
Ola Gorie founded the jewellery company that bears her name in 1960. From the start, she decided that there could be no compromise on the quality of the jewellery she was making.  As her business grew over the years, she instilled in all who worked with her an unwavering commitment to the highest standards. It’s a matter of pride for us still. Design is, to some extent, subjective: everyone has their personal preferences. But with manufacture there is no argument: either something is done right or not.  If it is done right, then a piece of precious metal jewellery, carefully...