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Inspired by the carved granite pillar at Turoe, Co. Galway, Ireland
1st c. BC/1st c. AD
14k gold, ruby, carved slate, tourmalinated quartz. 

Brenda Roy is an international award-winning designer whose work appears in galleries across the country as well as in television and film. A graduate of the Jewellery and Metals program at Georgian College in Barrie (after a career as a professional stage manager), she now works out of a studio in Alliston, Ontario. She was a recipient of a Diamonds International Award in 1992 and is a member of The Society of Jewellery Historians.

Brenda's work is at its core an exploration of contrasts in metal and stone: smooth stone and polished metal defined by deep, textured backgrounds; the play of colours in the unique stone inlays; precious gems paired with rough minerals, and contemporary designs that have the feel of ancient artifacts.

Brenda's designs are often rooted in history (most often Celtic or Medieval), but only as a starting point. She will often look at an artifact and create an entire piece from one tiny detail or conversely ignore everything except the most overall outline. What she ends up with is a contemporary design that holds references to our past.

Part of a series inspired by the patterns left in the ground by historical dwellings and fortifications.
Sterling silver, lapis, sugilite, purple jade, sodalite, amethyst, sapphire, 3.9cm 3.7cm. 
A ring that was created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival. Inspired by the festival artwork of Linda Weibe.
sterling silver, 14k gold. 
Brenda Roy
work in metal and stone
"I think it is important to have a sense of where we have come from and believe that what we are now is always built upon what has gone before."

Last Updated Sept 2008

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