Unique Jewellery Designs - Scottish and Viking Heritage

Five thousand years of unbroken civilisation have left the windswept Orkney islands a rich heritage of both Viking and Celtic culture. The people of the past speak to us through relics, legends, and enigmatic symbols - all expressed in unique jewellery designs. Their vision was intense, their craftsmanship astonishing, their art both mystical and rooted in the everyday world.

Their ancient art retains all its inspirational power to this day, for even the most forward-looking designers of Scottish, Celtic and Viking jewellery.

The majority of our jewellery is available in both silver and gold.
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  • Amongst the smallest, most remote of the Orkney Islands, the Holm of AIkerness lies between Westray and Papa Westray.

  • From the Broch of Burrian, North Ronaldsay, the most remote of the Orkney islands, this cross suggests the presence of Celtic Christianity amidst Pictish culture in the middle years of the first millennium.
  • Unique, beautiful and romantic: three modern interpretations of Celtic knotwork in a collection of lockets and matching earrings.
  • Beyond the turbulent waters of Eynhallow sound lie the beaches of Evie, peaceful and golden.
  • Inspiration for this collection comes from a small but beautiful island in the far north of the Orkney archipelago.
  • This fantastic animal was carved on the hilt of an ancient sword found in Suontake, Finland.
  • A tribute to the rich Gaelic culture of Scotland's north and west Highlands, but also the whirling winds of a northern 'gale'.
  • 'Ingibiorg is the fairest of maidens' carved one lovesick Viking, sheltering inside Orkney's great Maeshowe.
  • Carved by Viking visitors a thousand years ago on the wall of Orkney's great Neolithic monument, Maeshowe.
  • In 1153 Viking adventurers broke into Orkney's greatest Neolithic tomb, Maeshowe.
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    For over five decades Ola Gorie has explored her Norse and Celtic roots to find inspiration for stylish, modern jewellery.

  • Norse legend tells how, every morning, Odin would send his two ravens around the world to bring him news of all that was happening under the sun.
  • Our most colourful, characterful seabird.

  • Orkney's dramatic Rackwick Bay, with its beach of huge storm-tossed boulders, inspires awe and art in equal measures.

  • The Norse people of a thousand years ago recorded their thoughts, poetry and vows of love in the twig-like runic alphabet.
  • A tiny island in Scapa Flow, the great natural harbour of Orkney: long uninhabited, strong tides rush past its rocky shores.
  • Storms washed away the shore on the island of Sanday, exposing a Viking burial boat dating to 900AD - full of stunning grave goods, including a unique whale-bone plaque carved with fearsome dragons.
  • Skara Brae is a stunningly preserved stone age village on Orkney's west coast.
  • In 1137, a beautiful cathedral was founded in Kirkwall, Orkney, in memory of St Magnus the Martyr.

  • Orkney's early Christian settlers carved graceful crosses as decorations and altarpieces in Saint Peter's chapel on the tidal Brough of Birsay.
  • A version of the characteristic Viking Longship, such as descended on the Orkney isles a thousand years ago bringing fear and conflict…then five hundred tears of prosperous, peaceful Norse reign.
  • Amongst the smallest, most remote of the Orkney Islands, this design captures the swirling  currents and spectacular.
  • This design is based on the fish-scale like pattern on a piece of Neolithic Grooved Ware pottery found in early excavations at Links of Noltland, Westray, in 1980.