Jewellery Inspired by Castles

Thirteen century stone castle keeps with characterful histories inspiring powerful designs focusing on statement opals, tourmaline and moonstone gemstones that bring out the power of the slate and stone. The striking ruins of Denbigh Castle, built as part of Edward I’s 13th century campaigns crowns a steep hill, enjoys commanding views inspires strong designs and memorable gemstones created for you in the hills of North Wales.

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  • AAA Ethiopia Opal Sterling Silver Earrings

    Wonderful AAA Quality 7mm x 5mm pear drop earth mined Ethiopian Opal semi-precious cabochon gemstones. These gemstones are hand set in a beautiful sterling silver nature design with 9ct Gold accents in a bezel setting!

     

    This handmade jewellery is inspired by Bodelwyddan Castle, a towering bastion of stone which has stood near Rhyl, Denbighshire in some form since the 15th century. Veiled in startling red ivy against a backdrop of verdant greenery, this alabaster-like fortress perfectly encompasses the medieval charm which draws many to Wales.

     

    As with other opals, Ethiopian opal is a birthstone for October, associated with love and passion. They are also said to be a decidedly positive stone, brimming with positive energy and joyous emotion, whilst also invoking the calmness and restraint required to balance such ardour.

     

    36mm long (~1 1/4 inchs), these dazzling gemstone earrings will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of their inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented pair which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Commissions welcome. Thanks for looking

     

    WHJ3481

    £59.95
  • AAA Garnet Gemstone Sterling Silver Earrings

    Wonderful AAA quality 7mm x 7mm round deep red Garnet semi-precious natural gemstones. These gemstones are hand set in sterling silver in a simple yet elegant bezel setting that showcases the gemstones perfectly.

     

    This handmade piece is inspired by Ruthin Castle, which acts today as a visual juxtaposition of two eras – at one end of the lush local parkland, enshrouded in ivy, slumps the ruined wall of a 13th-century fortress, whilst at the other stands a 19th-20th century manor house-turned-hotel. Both hold a unique appeal, but together they offer an indescribable allure, the red walls of the hotel contrasting gorgeously with the grey and green of the medieval remnants.

     

    One of the birthstones for January, garnet is a wonderfully diverse gemstone which has been used for decorative purposes as far back as the Bronze Age thanks to its captivating beauty; garnet jewellery has been found amongst the relics of ancient Greece and Egypt. Historically, it has also been associated with friendship and faithfulness through links to numerous myths and legends.

     

    25mm long (~1 inch), these dazzling gemstone earrings will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of their inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented pair which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thanks for looking Commissions welcome.

     

    WHJ3494

    £39.95
  • Chalamar Black Opal Sterling Silver Earrings

    Delightfully crafted 9mm x 6mm pear drop Black Chalama Opal semi-precious gemstones with green colour flecks. These gemstones are hand set in a beautiful sterling silver Celtic design in a claw setting.

     

    Occupying a lofty, lonely spot overlooking the waters of Llyn Padarn, native-built Dolbadarn Castle was once a vital link in the defences of the ancient kingdom of Gwynedd. Framed by the beautiful green mountains this wonderful monument is inspiration for this lovely jewellery.

     

    An October birthstone, opal is thought to be named simply after the Sanskrit upala, meaning ‘precious stone’ – its historical and symbolic associations, however, are far more complex. Dubbed the ‘Patron of Thieves’, this gemstone was once believed to enable the wearer to turn invisible, and medieval women prized them as they were said to prevent fair hair from losing its lustre. Now, though, the opal is more commonly seen more broadly as a stone of protection and love.

     

    48mm long (~1 3/4 inchs), these dazzling gemstone earrings will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of their inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented pair which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thanks for looking Commissions welcome.

     

    WHJ3464

    £69.95
  • Emerald, Blue Topaz and Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Earrings

    Lovely combination of gemstones handset in sterling silver comprising of 6mm x 6mm round natural Emerald gemstone,  7mm x 5mm faceted cut Blue Topaz semi-precious gemstones, 2mm x 2mm and 1mm x 1mm Cubic Zirconia gemstones.

     

    This bespoke jewellery is inspired by Dolbadarn Castle, which stands a lone sentry on a rocky crag, keeper of the ruggedly beautiful Llanberis Pass. Overlooking Llyn Padarn, this stronghold is situated between Caernarfon and Snowdonia, and is recognised as one of North Wales’ finest treasures.

     

    Serving as a birthstone for the month of May, emerald has often been called the ‘Jewel of Kings’ due to its close ties with historical royalty – it was popularised by the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra, and has remained in fashion since. Surpassing even royalty, emerald has been worshipped as a god by some cultures, namely those in South America prior to the Spanish conquest, who deified the stone for its immense, undeniable beauty.

    One of November’s birthstones, topaz is thought to be named after the Sanskrit tapas, meaning ‘fire’. Beliefs around topaz vary – Hindu mythology points to its functions as a lengthener of life and provider of wisdom, whilst some 13th-century mystics claimed that it could sharpen and even restore eyesight and cure mental illness. Because of this, it is often viewed as a sacred stone.

    A birthstone for the month of April first developed in the USSR in the 1970s, cubic zirconia is created from base substances found in extraterrestrial rock, both from asteroids and the moon. Some claim that it aids in controlling one’s ego and selfishness, as well as in gaining a strong mental and spiritual clarity.

     

    45mm long (~1 1/2 inchs), these dazzling gemstone earrings will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of their inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented pair which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thanks for looking. Commissions welcome

     

    WHJ3602

    £89.95
  • Emerald, Blue Topaz and Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Necklace

    Lovely combination of gemstones handset in sterling silver comprising of 6mm x 6mm round natural Emerald gemstone,  7mm x 5mm faceted cut Blue Topaz semi-precious gemstones, 2mm x 2mm and 1mm x 1mm Cubic Zirconia gemstones.

     

    This bespoke jewellery is inspired by Dolbadarn Castle, which stands a lone sentry on a rocky crag, keeper of the ruggedly beautiful Llanberis Pass. Overlooking Llyn Padarn, this stronghold is situated between Caernarfon and Snowdonia, and is recognised as one of North Wales’ finest treasures.

     

    Serving as a birthstone for the month of May, emerald has often been called the ‘Jewel of Kings’ due to its close ties with historical royalty – it was popularised by the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra, and has remained in fashion since. Surpassing even royalty, emerald has been worshipped as a god by some cultures, namely those in South America prior to the Spanish conquest, who deified the stone for its immense, undeniable beauty.

     

    One of November’s birthstones, topaz is thought to be named after the Sanskrit tapas, meaning ‘fire’. Beliefs around topaz vary – Hindu mythology points to its functions as a lengthener of life and provider of wisdom, whilst some 13th-century mystics claimed that it could sharpen and even restore eyesight and cure mental illness. Because of this, it is often viewed as a sacred stone.

     

    A birthstone for the month of April first developed in the USSR in the 1970s, cubic zirconia is created from base substances found in extraterrestrial rock, both from asteroids and the moon. Some claim that it aids in controlling one’s ego and selfishness, as well as in gaining a strong mental and spiritual clarity.

     

    Attached to an 18 inch chain, this dazzling gemstone pendant will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of its inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented piece which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thanks for looking. Commissions welcome.

     

    WHJ3602

    £89.95
  • Matching Jewellery Set, Natural Emerald, Blue Topaz, Cubic Zirconia, Gemstones, Sterling Silver, Necklace & Earrings

    Lovely combination of gemstones handset in sterling silver comprising of 6mm x 6mm round natural Emerald gemstone,  7mm x 5mm faceted cut Blue Topaz semi-precious gemstones, 2mm x 2mm and 1mm x 1mm Cubic Zirconia gemstones.

     

    This bespoke jewellery is inspired by Dolbadarn Castle, which stands a lone sentry on a rocky crag, keeper of the ruggedly beautiful Llanberis Pass. Overlooking Llyn Padarn, this stronghold is situated between Caernarfon and Snowdonia, and is recognised as one of North Wales’ finest treasures.

     

    Serving as a birthstone for the month of May, emerald has often been called the ‘Jewel of Kings’ due to its close ties with historical royalty – it was popularised by the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra, and has remained in fashion since. Surpassing even royalty, emerald has been worshipped as a god by some cultures, namely those in South America prior to the Spanish conquest, who deified the stone for its immense, undeniable beauty.

     

    One of November’s birthstones, topaz is thought to be named after the Sanskrit tapas, meaning ‘fire’. Beliefs around topaz vary – Hindu mythology points to its functions as a lengthener of life and provider of wisdom, whilst some 13th-century mystics claimed that it could sharpen and even restore eyesight and cure mental illness. Because of this, it is often viewed as a sacred stone.

     

    A birthstone for the month of April first developed in the USSR in the 1970s, cubic zirconia is created from base substances found in extraterrestrial rock, both from asteroids and the moon. Some claim that it aids in controlling one’s ego and selfishness, as well as in gaining a strong mental and spiritual clarity.

     

    45mm long (~1 1/2 inchs), these dazzling gemstone earrings will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of their inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented pair which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Attached to an 18 inch chain, this dazzling gemstone pendant will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of its inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented piece which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thanks for looking. Commissions welcome

     

    WHJ3604-02-03

    £162.00
  • Morganite, Gemstone, Rose Gold Accent, Sterling Silver, Necklace

    Stunning faceted cut sparkling 8mm x 6mm inverted pear drop pink Morganite gemstone. This gemstone is hand set in a lovely sterling silver Celtic Heart design with Rose Gold accents in a claw setting!

     

    This handmade piece is inspired by Ruthin Castle, which acts today as a visual juxtaposition of two eras – at one end of the lush local parkland, enshrouded in ivy, slumps the ruined wall of a 13th-century fortress, whilst at the other stands a 19th-20th century manor house-turned-hotel. Both hold a unique appeal, but together they offer an indescribable allure, the red walls of the hotel contrasting gorgeously with the grey and green of the medieval remnants.

     

    Morganite is a heart chakra stone and carries the energy of Divine love and compassion. It is an excellent stone to work with emotional trauma. It helps you come to terms with past pain and see the meaning and purpose of it in the larger path of your life.

     

    Attached to an 18 inch chain, this dazzling gemstone pendant will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of its inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented piece which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thanks for looking Commissions welcome.

     

    WHJ3546

    £59.95
  • Natural Garnet Sterling Silver Earrings

    Magnificent faceted cut sparkling 7mm x 5mm oval red natural Garnet semi-precious gemstones. These gemstones are hand set in a lovely sterling silver unique design in a claw setting!

     

    Ruthin Castle is built on a red sandstone ridge 100 feet above the Clwyd valley, overlooking a strategic river crossing. The first documented castle was given to Prince Dafydd ap Gruffydd by King Eward in 1277. It was known as Castell Coch yn yr Gwernfor – the red castle in the great marsh – and the redness of its sandstone walls can be seen to this day and is an inspiration for these garnet earrings.

     

    One of the birthstones for January, garnet is a wonderfully diverse gemstone which has been used for decorative purposes as far back as the Bronze Age thanks to its captivating beauty; garnet jewellery has been found amongst the relics of ancient Greece and Egypt. Historically, it has also been associated with friendship and faithfulness through links to numerous myths and legends.

     

    These bespoke sterling silver earrings are 34mm long (~1 1/4 inch) and come in a unique box with the image of their inspiration in the lid of the box and organza bag, beautifully presented making an ideal gift.

    Thanks for looking Commissions welcome.

    WHJ3131

    £59.95
  • Natural Red Garnet, Gemstones, Rose Gold Accents, Sterling Silver, Earrings

    Amazing quality natural faceted cut 5mm x 3mm oval red Garnet gemstones. These gemstones are hand set in a lovely sterling silver Celtic design with Rose Gold accents in a claw setting!

     

    One of the birthstones for January, garnet is a wonderfully diverse gemstone which has been used for decorative purposes as far back as the Bronze Age thanks to its captivating beauty; garnet jewellery has been found amongst the relics of ancient Greece and Egypt. Historically, it has also been associated with friendship and faithfulness through links to numerous myths and legends.

     

    This handmade piece is inspired by Ruthin Castle, which acts today as a visual juxtaposition of two eras – at one end of the lush local parkland, enshrouded in ivy, slumps the ruined wall of a 13th-century fortress, whilst at the other stands a 19th-20th century manor house-turned-hotel. Both hold a unique appeal, but together they offer an indescribable allure, the red walls of the hotel contrasting gorgeously with the grey and green of the medieval remnants.

     

    42mm long (~1 1/2 inchs), these dazzling gemstone earrings will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of their inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented pair which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thanks for looking ,Commissions welcome.

     

    WHJ3554

    £49.95
  • Rare Larimar & Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Necklace

    Soft blue 10mm x 10mm rare Larimar semi-precious gemstone, complimented by stunning faceted cut 2mm x 2mm round cubic Zirconia gemstones. These gemstones are hand set in sterling silver in a claw setting.

     

    This handmade jewellery is inspired by the medieval magnificence of Conwy Castle, which at over 700 years old stands amongst the best-preserved British castles of the Middle Ages. A royal stronghold like no other, its sturdy grey battlements, now tinged green with nature, stand firm against deep blue skies and clouds of purest white.

     

    Named after the Spanish word for ‘sea’, mar, Larimar is subject to speculation by some natives of the Dominican Republic who maintain that each piece is home to a water goddess, giving it its delicate aqua colouring. Perhaps thanks to this calming appearance, which evokes the tranquility of gentle coastal waters, it is said to ease stress and anger.

     

    A birthstone for the month of April first developed in the USSR in the 1970s, cubic zirconia is created from base substances found in extraterrestrial rock, both from asteroids and the moon. Some claim that it aids in controlling one’s ego and selfishness, as well as in gaining a strong mental and spiritual clarity.

     

    Attached to an 18 inch chain, this dazzling gemstone pendant will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of its inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented piece which makes the perfect gift.

     

    Thank you for looking. Commissions welcome

     

    WHJ3576

    £49.95
  • Smokey Quartz Sterling Silver Celtic Earrings

    Beautifully faceted cut 8mm x 6mm oval Smokey Quartz gemstones. These gemstones are hand set in a beautiful sterling silver Celtic design in a claw setting that showcases the gemstone perfectly!

     

    Sitting peacefully in the fields beneath Llangollen’s steep green mountains, lies the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey. The 13th Century ruins, once inhabited by Cistercian Monks, still retain many original features including the glorious west front complete with an elaborate, richly carved doorway, which is the perfect inspiration for these earrings.

     

    Acting as a birthstone for the month of November, smokey quartz is a mesmerising gemstone with several symbolic associations and applications. Traditionally, German and Austrian folklore has described quartz as a source of good fortune and protection from harm, and ancient Celtic druids reportedly saw it as a stone of immense power, channelling the energies of the Earth.

     

    These earrings are 40mm long (~1 1/2 inch) and come in a special gift box with the image of their inspiration in the lid of the box and beautifully presented in an organza bag.

     

    Commissions welcome. Thanks for looking

     

    WHJ3013

    £34.95