Adare Manor are doing an exemplary job with their support of Irish design. The offering in the stunning hotel is continuing to grow, and new to the roster is Soul Engraver. I’ve had my eye on this brand since their launch, and now with a fresh website as well as their new stockist (they are also housed in Weir & Sons), I’m pleased to see their work is really taking its place with some of the best of Irish design.
With a focus on sustainable materials and practices, each piece in the collection is made in Ireland from 9ct gold or sterling silver; all are hand engraved in Dublin.
A sucker for sentimentality but a cynic about anything OTT, I am naturally drawn to the Resonate collection; simple brushed discs depicting a soundwave – part of the ready to wear collection includes iconic sounds like the roar of the crowd at Croke Park, but I love the idea of the bespoke pieces; a baby’s heartbeat, perhaps, or the sound of the waves on a favourite getaway. These sounds are then hand engraved on to a pendant, or pair of earrings or cufflinks – a particularly stellar gift idea for the man who really has everything. It’s really easy to capture both the sound and the image, and the website offers step by step guidance.
The Ancient Trees collection is inspired by ancient Irish folklore and seems particularly apt for the currently changing seasons. Evidently, letters of the alphabet came from the names of trees; from Coll (Hazel) for C to Sail (Willow) for S. There’s also the weighty symbolism our natural world carries; an Oak tree representative of strength and Ivy for close friendships. In all honesty, I just love the juxtaposition of the brushed metal, punctuated by crisp shining outlines – and with autumn approaching it seems no better time for a golden leaf falling across my collarbone.
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