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...
So the website has been launched for nearly a week now. We have had some really lovely and positive feedback from our customers. We are certainly very pleased with how the website looks and feels, and by the sounds of it, our customers are too. You may not be aware, but we are currently offering 20% off our newest collection, The Ness Of Brodgar. We launched the collection this summer, and we hope you agree when we say it is a really stunning and unique collection. Ola is one of Scotland's most important jewellery designers. A pioneer in the 1960s,...
Welcome! Today we launch our new Ola Gorie website!  It's Friday the 14th of October, and we're finally ready to welcome you in and let you have a look around. It was in 1960 that Ola started designing and making her own jewellery here in Kirkwall.  At the time it was a bold, even revolutionary thing to do.  It seemed that no one was using the great heritage of Orkney and Scotland to inspire modern craft.  But that was Ola's vision, and she set to it with imagination and dedication. 56 years later, Ola is still going strong, and so is her...