Romany Starrs is an established jewellery designer/maker who has a passion for great design, craftmanship and colourful gemstones. Working from her studio in Hamilton, she combines both traditional bench skills and modern practises to create her collections in precious metals and gemstones.
After working in various sectors of the jewellery industry, Romany first studied Jewellery Design and Technology at Cardonald College in 2002 where she was taught design and traditional bench skills. After a 10 year gap in her studies to have a family, she returned to gain an Hons Degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at Glasgow Kelvin and Dundee University where she learned new practises in CAD technologies. Drawing influences from simple geometric forms found in industrial landmarks, Romany's degree show in 2016 was heavily inspired by the Forth Road Rail Bridge and Glasgow's Finnieston Crane. Juxtaposed with the vivid colours of carefully selected gemstones, she enjoys the contrast between the industrial and the beautiful. Romany creates pieces which are bold and colouful.
"A trip to India in my teens first sparked an interest in jewellery for me. Intrigued by the colourful wooden and glass beads on display, I returned with bags of materials and started to create my own pieces. Since then I have developed a passion for design, good design. Strong clean lines, geometric forms and lustrous gemstones are the foundations of my work."