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About Saltire Jewellery

We are based in the Black Isle of the Scottish Highlands which is home to the workshop where we make all of our jewellery.  We are only 18 miles from Loch Ness, 12 miles from Inverness and 16 miles from Culloden Battlefield where the last battle in British soil took place in 1746.  At Culloden visitor centre look out for our beautiful range of Jacobite jewellery which includes Jacobite Kilt pins, Cufflinks, Lapel badges and Pendants which we have supplied to the National Trust for Scotland. 

We have over 20 years’ experience in the jewellery trade.  Our own collections are hand made by ourselves in our Black Isle workshop. 

Our Collections are modern in design but also have a traditional Scottish these like our Thistles, Celtic
and Saltire designs.  We have taken inspiration for our designs from all over Scotland, by researching books and visiting many places including landmarks and famous Scottish sites. 

Our very latest design, which is in production right now, will be called the Fyrish Pendant.  Inspiration for this new pendant came to me as I was looking toward Fyrish from our workshop window.  Following a visit to Fyrish we will be making up an enamel pendant to reflect the blue sky we seen through the monument from below.  We climbed above the monument and saw the wonderful site of the Cromarty Firth in blue and green hills of the Black Isle beyond, so another idea sprung to mind using Blue and Green enamel to reflect the Firth and Black Isle. 

Our Collection
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Saltire Collection: Our best-selling collection offering a variety of different jewellery.  Below is the insert that comes with each Saltire piece of jewellery. The flag of St Andrew, Patron Saint of Scotland. St Andrew is supposed to have been crucified on two diagonal beams known as the Saltire.  In the 8th Century (736AD) King Angus defeated the Saxons under a blue sky with the white cross of St Andrew.  After the Battle King Angus appointed the cross of St Andrew as the badge of the Picts. In Medieval times, nations used the banners of national Saints and before long the acceptance of the Saltire as the national flag of Scotland became common.  In 1385 as the Scots prepared to invade England, an order was issued that every man should wear the Saltire before and behind

Our Celtic (Kilduncan) collection design is based on a 9th or 10th Century stone carving. Kil means church so Kilduncan would translate to Church of Duncan.  Recent research suggests that Duncan may have been a Saint from Iona in the early 8th Century.  The stone itself is around 1100 years old and can currently be seen at the St Andrews Museum in Fife, Scotland.  With the inspiration from this story and stone carving itself we designed and made pendants, lapel badges, kiltpins and cufflinks. 

The Thistle Collection:  Again our inspiration came from the excellent story/tale of how Scotland adopted the Thistle as an emblem, read below:  When the Scots and Norsemen were at war and prior to the Battle of Largs (1263AD), under the cover of darkness Norsemen managed to land unseen on the coast of Scotland.  Removing their boots, they crept on bare feet towards the unsuspecting group of Scottish fighting men who were resting overnight in a field. Suddenly, a sharp cry of pain shattered the stillness: a Norse soldier had stepped on a thistle. Thus alerted to the surprise attack, the Scots sprang into action and drove the invaders from their shores.  As it was decisive in terms of ending the threat of the Norsemen, from that day the Thistle has been adopted as Scotland’s national symbol.

Trade enquiries are welcome for our Cufflinks, Pendants, Lapel badges and Kilt Pins