Celebrations for Orkney's jewellery trailblazer

The name Ola Gorie has become synonomous with quality jewellery design in Scotland. Ola truly was the first of a kind when she started making her own jewellery in Orkney after graduating from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen in 1960.

In those days, nobody in the islands was working in the jewellery field - hard to comprehend now with the proliferation of talented designers and makers in Orkney today.

Ola Gorie with her daughter Ingrid in their Kirkwall shop, The Longship
Ola Gorie with her daughter Ingrid in their Kirkwall shop, The Longship


Ola transformed the local crafts sector with her work, calling on Orkney's rich heritage to influence her designs, including her famous 'Maeshowe Dragon'.

You can read all about Ola's story, and watch a lovely video featuring Ola and some of her work, over on the Orkney.com website.

Find out more about Ola Gorie Jewellery, and visit the official website.


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