Jewellery designer Zoe Davidson will launch her new collection, Hoy Sound, on Saturday 20 April in the Orkney port-town of Stromness.

The collection, named after the fast tidal channel of water between Stromness and the island of Hoy, utilises an ancient form of metal origami to create uniquely handcrafted silverwork.

Twenty-five-year-old Zoe Davidson graduated in Jewellery and Metal Design from Dundee’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2013, and grew up in Stromness, drawing much of her inspiration from the seas around the islands.


Many pieces of the collection for Zoe Davidson Jewellery have been created using the fold form technique, where silver is hammered, heated and folded continuously by hand to reflect the curves and rippled texture of the sea. Zoe also incorporates gemstones into her work, with a range that includes rings, pendants and bangles.

“I draw a huge amount of inspiration from the ocean and from the wild and dramatic Orcadian landscape,” she explains.

“For a jewellery designer, Orkney is a location that is unsurpassed and I’m enormously excited to be launching my own business back home in the islands. I’m looking forward to sharing my first collection with everyone and getting to work on the next range of pieces.”

Edgar Balfour, development manager for Orkney food, drink and crafts, said: “Orkney is now very well known for its concentration of high quality jewellery designers, who all bring something different to the table. It’s always encouraging to see young, talented people enter the profession and locally the industry is providing lots of opportunities for those interested in jewellery as a career. It’s particularly nice to have a local graduate return home to start up a new business and we wish Zoe well with her stunning collection.”

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