Exceptional and Original Jewellery Lovingly Crafted from a Birsay Hilltop
Orkneyinga Silversmiths’ Kevin and Liz Allen create work of exceptional quality and originality, drawing much of their inspiration from the landscape, archaeology and wildlife surrounding their hilltop workshop in Birsay.
Founded in 1989, Orkneyinga is one of the longest established jewellery businesses in the islands, offering over 30 unique collections in silver and gold. Seventh Wave, Asa, Drostan, Kelpie and Houant are just some of the evocative names found within their range, which includes rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings and brooches. You’ll also discover curlews, hares and Orkney’s rare Primula Scotica primrose amongst the beautifully made work.
All of Orkneyinga’s pieces are handmade by Kevin, who undertook a traditional silversmithing apprenticeship in Sheffield, while the designs are produced by Liz, a silversmithing and jewellery graduate. Kevin also occasionally undertakes special commissions and assists other silversmiths with the creation of major, one-off pieces.
Orkneyinga’s approach is highly personal and thoughtful, with attention to detail and a connection to the subject matter always paramount in the design and manufacturing process. It’s this passion and commitment, combined with Kevin and Liz’s desire to create jewellery that will last forever, which has earned Orkneyinga such a loyal following.
Their jewellery is available to buy online from the Orkneyinga website, their workshop in Birsay, the Waterfront Gallery in Stromness and the Orkney Crafts Association shop in Kirkwall.