Heilagr comes from the Old Norse meaning sacred and blessed or holy. A nice sentiment when thinking about jewellery.
Having lived in Orkney since he was born Darrin has worked in the jewellery trade for over 20 years. He has worked with top quality craftsmen and women in this time, absorbing all the advice and tips, blending them into his own style and techniques.
His passion is using traditional hand crafted techniques. All his jewellery is cut out and shaped by hand, soldered together to produce a stunning piece of jewellery using age old techniques.
When finishing a piece of jewellery every care is made to ensure every piece is polished and finished to the same high standard, he reflects on something that was told to him when he started,
“A very inspirational woman said to me when I started working with her, you have to take time to look at what your making and think to yourself, would I buy that? That has remained with me and always will.”
Being inspired by the natural beauty of Orkney, the ever changing sea and sky, the history all around us and the dramatic landscape, he ponders looking out the window of his workshop,
“Living here you almost take the place for granted and don’t appreciate the beauty of the isles, our beaches and coastline, and the view, it really is a great place to live.”
As with everything else, setting stones is done by hand using traditional techniques. As much care is taken setting a Cubic Zirconia as there is setting a Diamond. Darrin takes great pride in his work and makes all his jewellery to order.