Ola Gorie established her jewellery business in Kirkwall in 1960.  But her family had already been a weel-kent presence in Orkney for over a hundred years by then...
Ola Gorie graduated from Gray's School of Art as its first jewellery-design graduate in 1959, and started her own business here in Kirkwall the following year.  But the name Gorie was already well known in Orkney... In 1859, a Kirkwall man called James Kirkness opened a wine merchant and grocer's shop in Broad Street, opposite St Magnus Cathedral.  Orkney was in the midst of an agricultural boom, and there was suddenly a demand for fine imported products such as coffee, pasta, Claret and Champagne.  James Kirkness's son John took over the business around the start of the 20th century (he's...