Croi Sliogan New Jewellery Collection Launch
Award-winning goldsmith Martina Hamilton launches her new hallmarked sterling silver designer jewellery collection Croí Sliogán in The Cat and The Moon this Saturday morning, October 13th from 10am – 1pm. There will be an in-house celebration and chances to win jewellery prizes from the new collection.
The collection title translates as Shell’s Heart or Shell’s Core, and will be available exclusively in-store and also online at martinahamilton.ie
The handmade sterling silver pendants, earrings and bangles feature a signature shape available in different sizes. Martina describes how the collection came about while she was walking on a beach during a rainy summer’s day and spotted some beautiful shells.
“As usual, the very generous landscape of Sligo gifted me. Something about those shells spoke to me and I started thinking about the core of the shell and how it related to our own core; our essence.
“Something resonated with me when I looked into those shells and it was the start of a creative process that percolated within me for a year. I looked into the empty space inside the shell’s core and felt it resembled a heart and that is what I have tried to recreate in the collection.
“Shell’s core’ translates into Croi Sliogan, which is very close to the phrase ‘the heart of Sligo’. Its meaning immediately poetic and, of course, is so close to the line in Sligo poet W.B Yeats’ The Lake Isle of Innisfree: ‘I hear it in the deep heart’s core.’ The way the collection has taken shape really speaks to a lot of things and, in a way, it’s quite sentimental. I am so proud of this collection.
The launch of Croí Sliogán last week at Kilkenny Shop Dublin got off to a lucky start when HRH Sophie Countess of Wessex was among its first customers. She was later widely photographed on a state visit to Paris wearing the new collection.
Martina Hamilton has been designing distinctive jewellery collections for more than 30 years in her studio in Sligo. Working exclusively with hallmarked silver and gold, her award-winning designs are inspired by the ever-changing Atlantic coastal landscape and all her pieces are handmade in Ireland by studio craft makers.
Also available this Christmas is Martina’s Leaf Collection, which features freshwater cultured pearls and are available in both sterling silver and gold. The collection includes two different pairs of earrings, pearl pendants and the extremely popular leaf and pearl bracelet.