Steensons Jewellers Design for Game of Thrones
Meet the family of designers behind the iconic television series' crowns, necklaces and brooches
Established in 1976 by Bill and Christina Steenson, Steensons Jewellers has become something of a Northern Irish design institution over the past 38 years, with its contemporary designs setting them apart from traditional high-street jewellers.
After graduating from the University of Ulster in 1976, the Steensons set up a workshop in the picturesque and historic village of Glenarm, County Antrim. Today, the Steensons still occupy their charming Glenarm studios, and have a high-end store on Belfast's Bedford Street.
Having recently retired, Bill and Christina handed over the day-to-day running of the business to their daughter, Brona Spencer, and her husband Dan, both fine and applied art graduates themselves.
With their talent for producing innovative designs of the highest craftsmanship, Brona and Dan continue to ensure that Steensons remains one of Northern Ireland’s leading independent jewellers.
Aside from building up a loyal customer base with their own designs and bespoke commissions, Steensons has recently gained attention on the global design stage by providing jewellery for the HBO blockbuster television series Game Of Thrones, all four seasons of which have been shot primarily in Belfast and along the Antrim coast.
A keen fan of the show and George RR Martin's hard-hitting and incredibly popular fantasy novels on which the series is based, Brona delights in seeing the pieces that she and Dan have created worn by King Joffrey and many other characters on the silver screen.
Far removed from the contemporary, clean-lined designs that Steensons Jewellers has become synonymous with since their formation, the pieces they have produced for Game of Thrones are lavish and ornate, imbued with the spirit of Northern Ireland’s woodland vistas.
The works created include a particularly striking crown and tiara, worn by the characters Joffrey Baratheons and Margaery Tyrell in the show. Hand cut from sheet brass before being filed, shaped and textured, they include rose buds and petals pressed, cast and sculpted meticulously by Brona and Dan personally.
In the video above, Brona goes into further detail about the foundation of her family-run business, their unique creative process and involvement with the landmark fantasy series. But watch out – spoilers abound!
Visit Steensons Jewellers website for more information about the business, to commission new pieces and to watch video of Steensons designers at work.