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Orkney designer launches new jewellery collection at Edinburgh Castle

13 March 2009

Mother's Day treats in store at Scotland's leading heritage attractions

One of Scotland’s leading jewellery designers, Sheila Fleet, is launching her latest collection at Edinburgh Castle - in perfect time for Mother’s Day.

The Tidal range by Sheila Fleet Orkney Designer Jewellery will go on sale in the castle’s Crown Gift Shop on Saturday 21st March, when from 10am to 5pm visitors will have a chance to meet Sheila and chat to her about her work.

Her new Tidal collection comprises five pieces including earrings, a pendant, and a bangle in silver and three-tone gold, featuring an interlocking design which moves freely, reflecting the ebb and flow of the sea.  

Sheila explains: “My inspiration for this range was the perpetual motion of the tides in the Pentland Firth between Orkney and Caithness.  I wanted the design to move with the wearer to create ever-changing wave forms.  

“The Tidal collection will be seen by the public for the very first time at Edinburgh Castle on the 21st, so I’m very much looking forward to spending the day at the Crown Gift Shop and experiencing customers’ reactions first-hand.  I hope the range will become a favourite with visitors both from Scotland and overseas.”

Sheila’s native Orkney provides a major influence on her work; her jewellery designs reflect her passion for the natural forms, textures, and colours of the stunning landscape and seas which surround her, as well as her interest in the rich history and culture of the islands.  A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, she has over 25 years’ experience in the jewellery trade and set up her own business in 1993.  This has grown rapidly and proved highly successful, with two or three new ranges introduced every year.  Sheila Fleet Orkney DesignerJewellery has been stocked at retail outlets at a number of Historic Scotland properties for several years, and some of the collections have been designed specifically to tie in with outstanding heritage sites such as Maeshowe and Skara Brae.  Several ranges are already stocked in Edinburgh Castle’s Crown Gift Shop.

Crown Gift Shop customers who purchase an item from the new Tidal Collection on the 21st March will receive a free jewellery polishing cloth and, with Mother’s Day presents in mind, there will also be a gift-wrapping service.  Shoppers can also take advantage of a mail-order service to send gift purchases directly to the recipient, and the service will also ensure that requests for pieces of all sizes can be accommodated.  And on the 21st, a gold version of the Tidal collection bangle – which is not normally part of the range – will be available.  To add to visitors’ enjoyment of the Tidal collection launch, there will be special tastings of Atholl Brose liqueur and shortbread.

On Mother’s Day itself - Sunday 22nd March - Edinburgh Castle has a selection of culinary delights for Mums being treated to a visit to Scotland’s leading heritage attraction.  The Queen Anne café will be offering a complimentary glass of wine for all mothers dining there, and the Redcoat Café will be offering a complimentary bag of chocolate truffles, specially wrapped for Mother’s Day.

And at Stirling Castle, the café offers the ‘icing on the cake’ for Mums visiting Central Scotland’s most stunning stronghold.  The tempting fare on Mother’s Day includes a special homemade pink empire biscuit with the word ‘Mum’ highlighted in icing, served with a vanilla latte and whipped cream - all for £3.


Notes for Editors

  • Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle are two of the most popular of 345 outstanding heritage properties and sites in the care of Historic Scotland.  Ranging from prehistoric dwellings to medieval castles, and from cathedrals to industrial buildings, these include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country. Among the most popular are Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and the Border Abbeys.  For further details of all of Historic Scotland’s sites visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places and for information on Edinburgh Castle and advance ticket purchasing visit: www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk

  • Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

  • Historic Scotland is delighted to be supporting the 2009 Year of Homecoming with a series of initiatives including family trails, spectacular events and the creation of a Homecoming Pass for heritage attractions in association with other heritage organisations.




For further information


Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871
rebecca.hamilton@scotland.gsi.gov.uk