Emanuel Challenges Irish Design’s Stereotypes

Swimming in the sea of traditional Irish jewelry—from well-known Celtic knots to beloved Claddagh rings—are talented yet largely undiscovered Emerald Isle jewelry designers. This younger generation of Irish jewelers faces a difficult challenge: breaking the international stereotype of Irish jewels by diverting attention from the country's ethnic jewelry and refocusing it on their own modern and design-oriented collections. Kevin Emanuel, an unassuming designer whose creative—yet highly wearable—pieces often are overlooked by international buyers shopping for Ireland's ethnic designs, serves as a prime example of such new talent in the Irish market. Originally from London, where he trained in jewelry design, Emanuel moved to Dublin, Ireland, in 1992 and has been designing jewelry for his own collection for about four years. His background includes stints as both a freelancer a
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