Nigel O’Reilly’s approach was forged by his exposure to excellence. Nigel started his professional life in engineering but his creativity moved him in the direction of jewellery. Following his formal training he worked closely with, and learned from, the late master goldsmith & gemstone cutter Erwin Springbrunn. Internationally recognised and highly influential, Springbrunn believed in the mystery and potential of each individual gemstone and carried each one on his person until he designed a piece that reflected its inherent qualities.
Nigel O’Reilly has spent the past decade creating for some of the world’s most luxurious jewellery houses. In 2009 he founded his studio in the West of Ireland. O’Reilly works only to technical perfection, using both innovative technology & ancient tradition to ensure that every angle of every piece is open to microscopic scrutiny.
Nigel O’Reilly’s work is defined by a bold use of colour and form and a passion for the advancement of design and creation of fine jewellery. His raw materials are magnificent stones and metals, his technical brilliance and the personal creative relationships with his clients some the world’s most discerning jewellery collectors.
Mayo is one of the world’s most dramatic coastal landscapes, the wild & passionate edge of Europe that has inspired its own particular creative language.
Hidden away in a quiet lane, a discreet door opens onto a curving staircase which transports clients to Nigel O’Reilly’s studio. A personal library of books, jewels & inspirations adorn this modern oasis. Clients and guests are invited to sit and enjoy the open fire and linger in creative conversation. The secure space and intimate ambience allows diamonds & rare gemstones to be viewed closely and in the utmost privacy.
O’Reilly also travels to meet his international clients and holds annual private salons in New York and London.
Clients to the Mayo studio also have access to O’Reilly’s extensive rare gem collection and the jewellery studio, adjacent to the consultation room, where each piece is hand made by Nigel and his team.