Meet The Team
Hi, I’m Astrid I run the Office and Showroom and I’m the voice of Shetland jewellery.
I joined the company in 2006 starting at the retail store in Lerwick for 8.5 years then moving to the workshop in 2014.
It was a huge change for me as I’ve never worked in an office environment before but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
In my spare time I enjoy travelling, yoga, walking, Netflix, exploring and spending time with my family and friends.
Hi, my name is Bruce Irvine, I started my 4 year apprenticeship with the company the 1st of June 1977 under the tutelage and guidance of the founder J.G.Rae.
I was at the bench for 30 year working on stock and a few commissions, most memorable for Royalty and a 12” silver replica of the Ninnian Central oil rig platform.
In 2012 I took over the casting operation in the workshop, a job I really enjoy.
But the job I’ve enjoyed most over the years is teaching new members of staff passing on my years of knowledge.
My hobbies are reading, music, darts, motorbiking and walking my Labrador.
My love affair with Shetland and making jewellery began in 2003 when I moved here from Morpeth.
I had always been passionate about creating things, as many children are. I learnt my trade on the bench and quickly became excited about the process, especially designing individual commissions and the Mirrie Dancers range.
Some of my favourite pieces to make are wedding rings for friends, knowing they’ll be treasured for a life time.
In my ‘spare’ time I enjoy a nice gin, running marathons all over the world, exploring Shetland and photography. I’m also a trustee for Shetland Arts.
I graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2012 after studying 3D design (ceramics, glass and jewellery) and was lucky to get a job at Shetland Jewellery in March 2013.
During this time, I have also trained to become a yoga teacher and I am currently working part time at the jewellers alongside teaching yoga classes.
The-hands nature of the work is extremely therapeutic and rewarding, creating pieces of jewellery people will be able to wear for a lifetime.
I also get to work alongside a group of incredible, enthusiastic people that inspire me every day.
I’m Lynda and I’m a jeweller of 4 years, having started in 2015.
This was an unexpected career path for me but I’m proud of my job and couldn’t imagine doing anything else now.
Designing my own pieces, using colour and just generally being creative keep me happy and inspired.
It’s amazing to wake up every day and commute to something I genuinely like doing.
In my spare time (most weekends off, bonus!) I write or see friends and listen to a lot of music, which I also do when I’m working. I’m usually seen with my headphones in.
My name is Julie Powis Arthur and I have been working part time at Shetland Jewellery workshop since 2016.
Every day is different in the workshop, you never get the same piece twice in a row, so it is never a dull day!
I thoroughly enjoy learning new skills and techniques from the more experienced jewellers and cannot wait to be able to be as confident in it as they are!!
Most of my hobbies include craft of any kind! However I do enjoy walking and getting out with my family to explore these beautiful isles which we call home.
Hi, I'm Lesley and I started working as a Trainee Jeweller with Shetland Jewellery in 2016.
Feeling the need for a career change during my twenties, I gained a BA Hons Degree in Craft & Design in 2005.
As a creative person, I feel privileged to work with my hands every day, producing three dimensional functional pieces from precious materials.
Away from the bench, I enjoy yoga, crafting in all mediums and spending time in the company of family and friends (both human and feline!), in Shetland and in my hometown of Buckie, in the North East of Scotland.
Hey, I’m Ash and I joined the workshop in 2017 and am now a part-timer.
Like the rest of my lovely colleagues I’m a very creative person and am happiest when I’m making stuff, for work and for fun.
When I’m not in the workshop the creative energy continues and I carry on with other projects at home.
Otherwise I’m playing netball, playing fetch with my puppy Harry or hanging out with my friends and family.
As a fan of wild and wonderful places, Shetland quickly became a place to call home for me.
I came to visit in May 2018 after several years in Kenya, and my “visit” still hasn’t ended!
All of the creative things in life make me the happiest, and so I jumped at the opportunity to join this family of jewellery ninjas.
If you can’t find me in the workshop (you won’t find one with a prettier view), I’m likely outside with camera in hand with other adventure addicts, running alongside a black lab or potentially having a power nap somewhere.
My name is Shannon and I’ve worked at Shetland Jewellery since September 2018.
I do the engraving and also get to enjoy making jewellery too.
I’m so lucky to have a job I love so much and a brilliant bunch of colleagues too, they’re like my second family!
In my spare time I enjoy working on my croft in Tingwall with my horses, goats, hens and ducks!
Hi, my name is Megan. I started work as a trainee jeweller in September 2018.
Taking a jump out of my comfort zone and making a career change is the best decision I’ve ever made!
I am learning new skills every day and getting to make beautiful things. I love being creative and working with my hands.
I have lived in Shetland my whole life. I love living in such a beautiful place and enjoy walking and exploring with my best pal, my collie pup.
I have a large family who I visit regularly in my spare time.
Hello I'm Isla I have lived in Shetland all my life and have worked at Shetland Jewellery since October 2018.
I am a Trainee Jeweller and I also help out in the office and showroom.
This was a surprise change in career for me I knew absolutely nothing about making jewellery and I didn’t think I was that creative either.
Since I started, I have learnt so many amazing things and work with a brilliant group of people.
When I'm not at my bench I enjoy being outside quite a lot, walking or chilling at home with my fur baby Bailey (the cat).