International award winning sculptor turned jewellery designer Stuart McGrath.
From master sculptor to jewellery designer
Armoura creations are inspired by landscape, nature, travel or architecture. Some designs can be more abstract, an exploration of geometrical arrangements with concepts such as tension, form, light, colour and their interaction. These fine jewelry designs are always pushing and utilising the finest materials, technology and techniques where each piece is truly one of a kind and exceptionally creative for those special and spectacular occasions.
Tidlrs loves Armoura for its exclusively work which is made by hand and Hallmarked in the Irish Assay office in Dublin, Ireland, to assure the customer of its quality and purity. All designs are also available in other metal options such as solid 18ct rose, yellow or white gold and platinum on request.
From a master sculptor to jewellery designer
At an early age Stuart was always sketching and modelling with clay. This strong creative streak has always driven him to fashion beautiful objets d'art. Having studied fine art sculpture in Dublin, he then travelled to London and Italy to study classical sculpture in detail. Stuart went on to a successful career as a master sculptor restoring historical architecture and designing monuments incorporating ornamentation, typography and symbolism.
After a serious accident, Stuart could no longer work on a large scale with stone, and after a brief period in product design and the fashion industry this influenced him to follow his true passion, designing fine contemporary jewellery based on the principals and craftsmanship learnt through sculpture. Stuart’s pieces retain much of the distinctive sculptural characteristics of form, weight, finesse and a tactile nature. “I believe that there is a synergy to creating any work of art, on one side you need an understanding of the materials and technical element of craftsmanship which in turn influences the design process. These two elements should balance the development creating a circle of progression, craft informs design and design pushing the material."
Ranging from starkly modern abstract forms with clean lines to highly detailed and ornate, pieces incorporate landscape and nature often featuring symbolism fused with considered aesthetic balance and physicality. Inspired by his travels and other cultures Stuart creates pieces that narrate a story capturing the spirit and imagination of a discovered treasure from a lost civilisation, the essence of a scene from nature and other abstract designs are cutting edge contemporary pieces. In many of these collections of jewellery you’ll find references of classical sculpture, architecture, antiquity, mythology and sometimes the fantastical and mysterious. All pieces are crafted from gold and platinum along with precious and semi precious stones. The interaction between light and form allow the designs to dance, shimmer and glow.
As Leonardo da Vinci said "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.