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Black Isle inspires young jewellery designer

By Jackie Mackenzie

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Young up-and-coming jeweller Moira Warren.
Young up-and-coming jeweller Moira Warren.

IT’S been a well kent surname on the Black Isle for centuries but now "Patience" could be set to be a major name in the world of luxury jewellery.

A young designer with Black Isle roots has chosen to use her mother’s maiden name to front her Patience Jewellery brand which will be launched at an international trade show in London this weekend.

Moira Warren, the creator and co-founder of Patience Jewellery, will see three collections, all hand finished and hallmarked in Scotland, being brought to market for the first time at the International Jewellery London (IJL) trade show.

And for 28-year-old Moira, using her mother’s maiden name is something which resonated with the designer on a personal level when choosing her brand’s name.

She said: "As the place where my mum grew up and with much of my family still living there, the Black Isle has always been a place which inspires me.

"Its beauty is unparalleled and I always feel at home going back there. It seemed apt to connect my work to somewhere so dear to me and the local name Patience is the perfect fit for what the brand itself stands for.

"Patience is all about taking time – the time it has taken us as jewellers to perfect our skill, the time we put into each product to craft something truly special and ultimately the time we hope our customers enjoy appreciating the final result.

"It can take millions of years for the precious metals and gemstones we use in our jewellery to form so every piece we make is done so with absolute precision and respect. We take great care with every aspect of the creative process, it’s a real journey."

Moira grew up in Milngavie, Glasgow, and after graduating from Dundee University’s Duncan of Jordanstone Art School in 2007 spent six years honing her skills including roles with market leaders

Stephen Webster and Hamilton & Inches.

Her mum, Margaret Patience, is from Fortrose and her grandfather Hugh Patience was janitor at the local academy for 25 years, receiving an MBE for his services to the school and community.

Moira, who now lives in Edinburgh, visits the Black Isle regularly and hopes to have a special Highland launch of the Patience Jewellery brand in October.

She said: "As a team, we are working hard to ensure the luxury brand is a highly ethical one, sourcing gemstones from a trusted supplier and applying for a fair trade licence – something still relatively new in the industry.

"We hope the showcase at IJL is only the beginning for us. While it is a huge investment financially, as the leading trade show in which industry professionals choose their key pieces for the coming year, we had to be part of it. It has been a long road to get to this point but we are all determined to make the most of the opportunity and looking forward to what the future holds."

Moira and the team’s collections can be viewed and purchased on the Patience Jewellery website patiencejewellery.com.

Bespoke orders can also be made on request.

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