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Handmade Necklaces: our Guide to Scotland's best Handmade Necklaces

Posted by Naomi Jones on

Some women prefer not to wear earrings, whilst others aren’t big on bracelets. But pretty much every women wears necklaces… and where better to find a classic piece than Scotland?

So, grab a cuppa and browse our selection of necklaces, all designed and produced in Scotland by a variety of designers we think are worth celebrating.

Contemporary Classics

Scottish jewellery designers are right at the forefront when it comes to developing modern styles. A contemporary necklace will often look great worn with simple or extravagant clothes, due to its clean lines and simple styling. These modern pieces are sure to become the classics of the future:

Amethyst Daisy Pendant

We love this Sterling Silver daisy pendant because it balances a feminine style, with bold silver forms. The amethyst is the final touch on this piece, which would look great with an evening dress, but equally at home tucked in the open collar of a blouse.


Click here to find this Sterling Silver and Amethyst Daisy Pendant by Ortak for £69

Ceramic Style

If you feel like trying something totally new, why not experiment with a ceramic pendant? We love the fresh colours and pattern on this piece. It's a truly art-led pendant, which would look great against a simple monochrome silk top.

Click here to find this ceramic pendant by Isla Clay for £60.

About Isla Clay:
Martina is the artist behind Isla Clay. She always loved creating with her hands. Living in Scotland inspired her to start working with clay. She made some pieces of jewellery for herself but when her jewellery tree was full she couldn't stop creating so she started Isla Clay.

Traditional Design

Jewellery lovers around the world look to Scottish design for pieces with a unique cultural edge. The images which have long been popular north of the border, are becoming fashion statements in their own right. You can get in on the trend by choosing a necklace with a Scottish design feature, which is bound to have timeless appeal.

Celtic Cross

Crosses have always been a popular theme for necklaces, but the Celtic cross has real aesthetic appeal. We think this simple but individual cross would make a great piece for the weekend – or any day of the week, in fact!


Click here to find this Sterling Silver Celtic Cross by Ortak for £53. Also available in yellow and white gold.

Heart of the Nation

If you really want everyone to know how important your Scottish roots are to you, why not treat yourself to this quirky necklace? Sterling silver has been cleverly formed into the shape of Scotland, so you can celebrate your heritage wherever you go.


Click here to find this Sterling Silver Scotland necklace by Elizabeth Gault for £60.

About Elizabeth Gault:
Having long had a love of art and design, Elizabeth studied Liberal Arts at the University of Glasgow where she attained a Masters with hons. She now works in the ‘artist's town’ of Kirkcudbright in Dumfries & Galloway.

Gifts to Treasure

Necklaces make great gifts, because we all like to own a wide variety of this most wearable of jewellery items. Here are a couple of options which we think would make lovely presents this holiday season – and best of all, you will be supporting Scottish designers when you buy.

Key to your Heart

This pendant would make a delightful gift for someone who holds the key to your heart, or is always going to be welcome in your home. It would be an ideal contemporary 18th or 21st birthday gift for the modern daughter who has everything!


Click here to find this Silver Key Pendant Necklace by Erik Urbschat, sold from Glaswegian Jewellery Orro, from £100.

Perfect Stocking Filler

Looking for a charming gift for a long standing friend or colleague, which won’t blow the Christmas budget? This sweet charm-style necklace would be appreciated by anyone, as it’s simple circle style will fit in with any outfit or taste. And at just £22 for a genuine Sterling Silver piece of jewellery, you might be tempted to pick one up for yourself too!

Click here for this Sterling Silver Necklet by Ortak for £22

Something Special

The great thing about necklaces, is that there are just so many styles to choose from. From casual styles for a day out shopping, and simple classics which jazz up a work outfit, to beautiful statement pieces which make you feel like a princess – necklaces can bring it all.

But every woman should have the option of choosing something truly glamorous for a special night out – preferably a diamond something! We love this elegant necklace, because it has every element we look for in a luxury piece.

High quality 9ct white gold, a diamond with plenty of sparkle, and a striking setting which will ensure this piece gets the attention it deserves:


Click here for this White Gold and Diamond Necklace by Ortak £875


Which necklace would best suit your style? Tell us in the comments below!


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