Jewellery designer Sheila Fleet has opened a new store in St Andrews that blends a retail experience with a gallery space in a futuristic new concept.
The Orkney-based business took over the former Matthew Henderson Jewellers site in St Andrews early 2020, who gave Sheila Fleet first refusal on the premises after deciding to retire.
The business then spent the last 12 months renovating the space with the help of interior designer and artist Marion Yorston.
The result is a new ‘retail experience that promises to take you through time and space by the blending of the elements’.
The new store and gallery features halos of light, with a white entrance working down to a dark space at the rear of the shop, representing the day to night transition.
There is also a constellation dome where the stars of the Northern Hemisphere have been plotted and a planetarium has been installed, featuring a choreographed film and soundtrack showcasing the story of the birth of the universe and close-up shots of the earth’s elements, many of which have inspired Sheila’s designs.
The shopfit has been undertaken by Alexander Oastler Ltd, with the lighting design, a key aspect throughout the shop, designed by Colin Begley of HUS Architecture.
Ratho Byres Forge were commissioned to create the seaweed sculpture that wraps around the exterior of the shop.
The store will be the designer’s fifth jewellery gallery.
Ms Fleet is currently one of the only jewellers authorised to make jewellery using 18ct Scottish Gold from the Cononish Gold mine, which is Scotland’s only commercial gold mine.