We are going to do some globetrotting today visiting the Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Many say the castle is straight out of a fairytale with its protruding wall supports, painted ceilings, and spectacular Elizabethan fireplace. We leave the regal surroundings of Crathes Castle traveling to Vancouver, Canada.
Here we will explore the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center, which is home to a remarkable 30,000 sea creatures including rescued dolphins Spinnaker, Hana, and Helen. Today's feature is on the designing duo of Scottish jeweler Eve Llyndorah, and Canadian Ray Lipovsky.
Along some of Vancouver's rocky bluffs overlooking the Georgia Straits sits an idyllic island, which houses the gardens, house, and workshops of designing team Llyndorah and Lipovsky. Within this pure environment creativity and expression flows freely represented by the duo's magnificent, one-of-a-kind fine jewelry.
Though the two jewelry artists hail from different countries, they are kindred spirits joined together by a common interest. Born in Scotland, at a young age Llyndorah moved with her family to Canada. Discovering her skill for artistry early on, she attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, receiving a degree in Fine Arts over 40 years ago.
Looking to expand her knowledge, she traveled to Europe to study goldsmithing with the masters in the field and in 1986, she returned to Canada. Lipovsky pursued many interests around the same time as Llyndorah. His fertile mind absorbed goldsmithing, lapidary (stone cutting), and even science.
In 1969, he moved to the island that would later house his joint company with Llyndorah, and participated in work projects ranging from food processing to construction to jewelry design.
Nineteen years ago, a mutual friend of the goldsmiths introduced them. Immediately drawn to each other's intrinsic gifts, and years of improving their artistry, they worked out plans to establish their company, Llyndorah Design.
By pooling together their exceptional abilities, the duo handcrafts designer jewelry that reflect Asian and Egyptian influences. The gemstones used, including rose quartz, blue moonstone, black onyx, and diamonds, are cut and polished by the artists themselves and are set in either 18- and 24-karat yellow gold.
Many of their brooch pin, necklace, earring, and ring designs are free form, and organic some resembling designs from ancient times.
Many items highlight luminous gemstones such as a stunning blue, uncut Lapis stone, which is the focal point of a necklace.
Llyndorah and Lipovsky also pour their creative energy into painting and outdoor sculptures, both highly influenced by Asian artistry. Jewelry from Llyndorah Design are exhibited in galleries in the United States, and Canada.
Photo 1 (top right): 18-karat Gold Garden Party Earrings with Freshwater Pearls, Chrysoprase Cabochons, and Diamonds Photo 2 (bottom left): 18-Karat Yellow Gold Treasure of Dulcinia Brooch Pin with Leaf Design in 24-Karat Gold, and Rose Quartz, Black Onyx, and Diamonds