Jew­ellery de­signer hopes on­line shop will at­tract new cus­tomers

CLAIRE BRINGS HER BUSI­NESS BACK CLOSER TO HOME AF­TER CLO­SURE OF TWO KEY STOCK­ISTS

The Oban Times - - Business -

A JEW­ELLERY de­signer who has cre­ated col­lec­tions for some of Europe’s most pres­ti­gious mu­se­ums and gal­leries is to bring her work closer to home with the launch of a new on­line shop.

Claire Hart­ley, based on the Isle of Seil, has sold her sil­ver jew­ellery all over the con­ti­nent in renowned in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor at­trac­tions. In­spired by fa­mous artists and paint­ings, she has pro­duced work for the Van Gogh Mu­seum in Am­s­ter­dam, the Museo Na­cional del Prado in Madrid and Lon­don’s Na­tional Gallery among oth­ers.

Now she is of­fer­ing her de­signs di­rectly to any­one with an eye for beau­ti­ful jew­ellery af­ter her two clos­est stock­ists - Kra­nen­burg and Fowler Gallery in Oban and the He­bridean Jew­ellery shop in Fort Wil­liam - closed.

‘I would of­ten see peo­ple wear­ing my jew­ellery lo­cally and if we got talk­ing, the women al­ways said how sorry they were that they could no longer buy my de­signs lo­cally. They asked if I sold di­rectly to the pub­lic so it seemed the ob­vi­ous step to launch the web­site and con­nect with my cus­tomers,’ said Claire.

Claire stud­ied at Glas­gow School of Art and be­gan sell­ing jew­ellery nearly 30 years ago.

Her de­sign ethos has al­ways been sim­ple - to make pieces that look stun­ning when worn and make women feel good.

‘I love wear­ing qual­ity jew­ellery that peo­ple will com­ment on and I de­sign with that aim in mind.

‘I cre­ate dif­fer­ent col­lec­tions rang­ing from clas­si­cal sim­ple looks to bolder el­e­gant pieces and I have some­thing to suit ev­ery pocket.

‘Ul­ti­mately I want the cus­tomer to re­ally love wear­ing the jew­ellery and for other peo­ple to ad­mire it.’

Claire’s work is in­flu­enced by na­ture and re­flects the stun­ning colours and light sur­round­ing her coastal home.

‘I’m very for­tu­nate to be able to live in this beau­ti­ful place. I’m out in all weathers walk­ing my dog and it gives me a real sense of the chang­ing sea­sons and land­scape. I go back into the of­fice and use all of that – colours, the shapes of flow­ers, leaves – in my work.’

She is also a keen trav­eller and has been in­spired by trips to Africa, Aus­tralia and In­dia as well as an­nual trips to the Yukon.

Many of Claire’s de­signs con­tain el­e­ments of both the vivid jewel bright­ness of the equa­tor and the beauty of the north­ern lights.

Fine qual­ity semi-pre­cious stones are the key to Claire’s work. She se­lects gems per­son­ally and de­signs pieces to show the stones off to their best. She hopes the web­site will be a good source of in­for­ma­tion for any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about birth­stone prop­er­ties and how to care for and clean jew­ellery.

’I’m re­ally ex­cited about this move. I love my work and now I’m hope­fully reach­ing new cus­tomers I can build a re­la­tion­ship with over the years. Jew­ellery can mark some re­ally spe­cial, won­der­ful mo­ments in peo­ple’s lives and it’s al­ways a priv­i­lege to be part of that.’

GO­ING ON­LINE: Claire Hart­ley, based on Seil, has sold her sil­ver jew­ellery all over

Europe.

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