Jewellery designer hopes online shop will attract new customers
CLAIRE BRINGS HER BUSINESS BACK CLOSER TO HOME AFTER CLOSURE OF TWO KEY STOCKISTS
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