Irena Varey

Irena Varey

Irena learned to make jewellery in Caracas, Venezuela, during a four year apprenticeship to Catalan craftsmen of great experience. It gave her a solid base and practical confidence. Irena’s designs reflect her Polish origins, the Latin American apprenticeship and her environment in the UK. She was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 2003. Irena loves textured surfaces, and particularly enjoys controlled fusing to produce reticulated gold or silver and a three-dimensional effect. Her aim is to produce jewellery which is timeless and easy to wear, gives confidence to the wearer and creates pleasure for all around. Irena’s work also appears in the Goldsmiths’ Hall company directory. Gemstones and their wonderful colours are a big influence. Irena may start with a special one: an opal, a pearl or an iridescent shell. She then looks to enhance it with complementary colours, perhaps some unusual ones like mauve, green sapphires, or coloured diamonds. Irena makes a whole range of jewellery including rings, necklaces and earrings in gold and silver using a wide variety of gemstones including diamonds. She also makes traditional engagement and wedding rings. She enjoys working on commissions as she feels designing and making jewellery for a specific person is great fun. Prices range from around a hundred pounds to thousands depending on the metal and gemstones chosen.