I have always found jewellery fascinating. Even as a young child, the sparkle of gems and crystals always caught my attention, more so as they glowed when worn by a truly beautiful woman.
But what also caught my attention was the sculptural quality that a necklace, a tiara or a ring had - the forms, the curves, the way the gems are positioned specifcally. That's why I consider jewellery, such as tiaras, as wearable pieces or art. And what separates art from mass produced items is the intent and the narrative behind each piece.
In creating this concept tiara, dedicated to the Rose of Limerick (who then goes to compete in the annual Rose of Tralee Festival), I tried to capture the rose as the central theme. As the Limerick Rose, she radiates and sparkles for all to see, that's why I went for crystals. The crystal rose is then set to float amongst the "waves" of the Shannon River, which is also representative of Limerick's dynamism and flow. In this design, I captured what I felt was the essence of the woman and the county she represents.
I hope that like in this concept tiara, i could work with people to create bespoke jewellery that not only looks great, but also tells a story and embodies a certain spirit. These are then pieces that truly mean something and are worth keeping (click the link below if you would like to collaborate with me on a piece!)
Francis graduated cum laude as an an architect, and has since worked in a world Top 100 architectural firm, as well as in the Brussels EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Asian) innovation hub of one the world's leading brands. He is also a visual artist (with commissions for the HSE), interior and graphic designer, and creates fashion jewellery and millinery. Art and design, he says, can be very healing and restorative, and will always tell a story - and this is part of his creative ethos. If you need his services, please send an email to: email@example.com