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NI Silver brings a touch of sparkle to Guildhall Craft Fair

10 November 2016

As the Annual Guildhall Craft Fair returns later this month, one of its new exhibitors is hoping to bring a lot more sparkle to the event with their unique jewellery creations.

‘NI Silver’, a family run, Northern Ireland based business is among nine new exhibitors to the popular craft fair which is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council running from Friday November 11th until Sunday November 13th inside the stunning city’s Guildhall.

Ruth McEwan-Lyon, Designer/Maker at NI Silver said, ‘We are delighted to be taking part in the Guildhall Craft Fair this Christmas. It’s a beautiful setting to showcase our collection of precious handmade Northern Irish (NI) gifts, including our new Peace Bridge inspired jewellery.

‘We have an immense passion for creating innovative designs and products that have been inspired to promote “all that is good about Northern Ireland”.  We were initially excited by the Titanic buzz in 2012 and our creations have since developed into a collection of 3D iconic images from around Northern Ireland and into Donegal. 

Our designs include the H&W Cranes, the Giants Causeway, the Dark Hedges, the Peace Bridge, Armagh Apples, the Marble Arch Caves and many other iconic images from each of our six counties in Northern Ireland. The collection is called “My Northern Ireland in miniature” or “Mi-NI” and it is a unique, quirky take on NI jewellery design.

‘If you are looking for something a little more bespoke this Christmas we offer distinctive gifts for men, women, christening and corporate gifts including necklaces, earrings, cufflinks, charms (compatible with all famous bracelet styles), tie pins, lapel pins, button holes and rings.  They aim capture ‘special memories of special times’ and appeal to locals, ex-pats and tourists alike.

‘All of our designs can also be altered to suit your requirements. Every piece of jewellery is cut, finished, and polished by hand so each one is original, authentic and pure indulgence; no two pieces will ever be the same!’

Jacqueline Whoriskey, Festival and Events Manager at Derry City and Strabane District said, ‘It’s great to have NI Silver on-board. The craft fair will provide an opportunity to sample and buy some of the finest bespoke craft items in one of our most treasured settings in the run up to Christmas.

‘There will be a wide variety of contemporary and traditional gifts to enjoy including ceramics, textiles, knitwear, wood, glass, prints and some artisan food products. It’s a perfect way to start off your Christmas shopping and pick up something handmade, original or delicious.’ 

The Craft Fair will begin on Friday 11th November beginning at 2.00pm until 8.00pm, Saturday from 10.00am until 6.00pm and Sunday from 11.30am until 6.00pm.

For more details about Council’s ‘Light up your Christmas’ programme see www.derrystrabane.com/christmas.

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