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About Me

About Me

FROM MASTER SCULPTOR TO JEWELRY DESIGNER.

Fine Jewellery Designer Stuart McGrath
At an early age I was always sketching and modelling with clay. This strong creative streak has always driven me to fashion beautiful objets d’art. Having studied fine art sculpture in Dublin, I then traveled to London and Italy to study classical sculpture in detail. I enjoyed a successful career as a master sculptor restoring historical architecture and designing monuments incorporating ornamentation, typography and symbolism.

After a serious accident, I could no longer work on a large scale with stone so moved into product design as well as the fashion industry. This influenced me to follow my true passion, designing fine contemporary jewelry based on the principals and craftsmanship learnt through sculpture. I spent many years working for commercial fashion jewelry companies in Ireland, UK and Europe and learning many technical and creative skills. 


My pieces retain much of the distinctive sculptural characteristics of form, weight, finesse and a tactile nature. “I believe that there is a synergy to creating any work of art, on one side you need an understanding of the materials and technical element of craftsmanship which in turn influences the design process. These two elements should balance the development creating a circle of progression, craft informs design and design pushing the material.”

 

A member of:

Design Crafts Council of Ireland
Council of Irish Fashion Designers

Armoura Designs™ is registered with the Assay Office of Ireland which is one of the world’s strictest authorities on testing the purity of precious metals. Established in 1637 at Dublin Castle, this office is a highly respected internationally institution in it’s field similar to the GIA. Each and every piece of jewelry is thoroughly inspected and examined for purity and quality. Only after inspection, a fine piece of jewelry is laser hallmarked as a symbol of authenticity. This ensures that any purchase of Armoura jewelry meets the highest standards.

Hallmarked Fine Jewelry
Mark of Quality on Irish Jewelry

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