Tracy Gilbert Jewellery
I am a Dublin-based jewellery designer and maker of hand-crafted jewellery, and am a member of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.
I am immensely proud of my Irish heritage. I was born in Dublin city centre and was educated through the Irish language, so I love speaking Irish. I have always been inspired by the rich artistic and mythological history of Ireland.
Sites like Newgrange directly influence my jewellery designs. As a child, I was (and must admit still am!) in awe of how Newgrange allowed the light to shine through its chambers on the winter solstice to spectacular effect. Through combining precious metals with translucent materials, I attempt to recreate the magic of Newgrange to allow the light to shine through my pieces to reveal Celtic spirals (triskele). This can be seen in my Growing Home and Children of Lir coloured collections.
Each piece is meticulously made with love for Irish roots, history and folklore.
My aim is to intertwine my Irish pride with imagination to create beautiful original jewellery designs that reflect Ireland’s artistic and mythological heritage.
I particularly enjoy exploring and re-imagining existing Celtic symbolism to create pieces that have a special meaning attaching to them.
It’s important that I create special pieces that resonate with the wearer. I have a simple test when I work on a piece to determine whether it will become part of my collection. Once I’ve finished working on it at the bench, I place it in my left hand and close. If my heart quickens when I open my hand because the piece excites me, I continue to develop it.
Meanings behind the Jewellery
My first design, the Celtic Trinity Heart pendant, was made for somebody very special and while it is a simple retake of the Celtic Trinity knot, its meaning is very strong. The addition of the heart in the middle of the traditional knot symbolises “Forever love” & has been received by many for a variety of reasons.
Tracy’s Growing Home collection is a re-imagined “Tree of Life” with Ireland represented as a tree – rotate the pieces to see the strong tree image become a map of Ireland. Like most trees, it has weathered many storms but continues to grow strong – it is deeply rooted. It also has the parallel meaning of having roots firmly planted in Ireland and that Ireland continues to grow and provides shelter to her people no matter where they are living.
The meaning attaching to my designs is important and a small booklet explaining the meaning comes with each piece.
I am also a proud member of the North Atlantic Celtic Traders Association.