Ireland is a land of great craftsmanship and design, home to many amazing brands. House of Lor’s Irish Design Edit shines a light on talented brands from across all industries so you can see what wonders await right here on the Emerald Isle.
Ireland is synonymous with beautiful craft and design in a range of sectors but particularly in Jewellery and textiles. A report by Indecon Consulting found that the craft sector – which includes pottery, glass, jewellery, textiles and furniture – is worth almost €500 million to the Irish economy, and employs an estimated 5,800 people.
Jewellery making has been a part of Irish culture since the Bronze Age.
The Celts used bronze and gold as well as iron. The heads of a tribe would wear decorative jewellery to denote their power. The Celtic craftsmen appreciated symmetrical designs and patterns.
The historical tradition of Irish metalwork began in the Irish Bronze Age (c.3500-1100 BCE). Irish craftsmen produced a range of designs in Bronze, copper and gold, the most well-known being the intricate torque (torc) jewellery design. Still popular today!
Celtic craftsmanship in metals continued to develop in the early Christian period (c.500-900 CE), producing such masterpieces as the Tara Brooch, the Ardagh Chalice and the processional crosses like the great 12th century Cross of Con. All of these artworks can be seen at the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) in Dublin. Irish skills, imagination and creativity, can be seen in Irish Tweed, Linen, Wool and Leather designs across the island of Ireland.
Ireland’s rich history of craftsmanship and design is the initiative behind the Irish Design Edit.
We showcase House of Lor alongside other Irish brands from the textile sector to show the rich diversity and talent available here in Ireland. We hope you are inspired by Ireland’s rich culture, beauty, creativity and traditions. This is our first Irish Design Edit of many to come!
- 1 House of Lor Bamboo Pendant – Handcrafted from Sterling Silver with an exclusive piece of authentic solid Irish rose gold, decorated with cubic zirconia.
- 2 Una Burke High Collar Hunchback Jacket – Handcrafted from vegetable-tanned cowhide, Solid Brass Fittings and Brass screws.
- 3 Una Burke Laced Strapped Skirt – Handcrafted in West of Ireland Atelier using Vegetable-tanned Calfskin leather, Solid Brass Fittings, Brass screws
- 4 House of Lor Bamboo Huggie Earrings – Handcrafted from Sterling Silver containing certified Pure Irish gold and cubic zirconia stones.
- 5 House of Lor Bamboo Ring – Handcrafted from Sterling Silver with Solid Irish rose gold bar and cubic zirconia stones,
- 6 House of Lor Bamboo Bangle – The Sterling Silver design with Pure Irish Gold and zirconia detail is serious arm candy and a must for the fashionista in you.
- 7 Una Burke Black Shell Bag – Handmade from Italian Vegetable Tanned Cow Hide, Solid Brass Fittings coated with Nickel and Gold, with Brass screws.
About Una Burke
Úna Burke leather designs are crafted to be timeless and elegant, catering for those individuals craving something different while remaining true enough so it will never go out of style. The handmade nature makes each piece unique. Made in her atelier in the West of Ireland, sourcing the best materials. Learn more about her.
About House of Lor
House of Lor is the first brand to offer pure Irish gold jewellery at the heart of every design. Our brand represents folklore, and we use it as a foundation for modern, confident fashion that can be worn by anyone anywhere – all designed and handcrafted right here in Ireland. Read our story.
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