Shirley Paris began her journey as a designer in early 1979, developing a unique talent for jewellery craft as an apprentice. With a clear vision for creating her own brand, Shirley started her own design and manufacturing company and quickly became known for her exquisite flair in design, and pleasing those seeking an exceptional piece of unusual jewellery.
Since the days of a one-man workshop - rented from local photographers Studio Paris, Shirley Paris Jewellery now has its own store and workshop, in the bustling town of Larkhall, central Scotland. Clients travel from all over the country to commission wedding and engagement rings from Shirley Paris Jewellery.
During her time as a Goldsmith, Shirley has created collections of Limited Edition Jewellery, with her signature feminine, flowing style. Her first collection, ‘Dawn til Dusk’, received an award in association with Scottish Field for Scottish Gift of the year. The most recent collection, The Journey, started as the idea that each individual piece of jewellery and its wearer have their own personal journey. It developed into a collection with pieces which can be passed down the generations. Shirley designed this collection while on inspiring trips, from the Western Isles in Scotland to marble walkways in Spain. View our journey collection and find something to treasure forever.
Shirley was commissioned by Kidney Research UK to create silver pieces to fit on a wooden Love Seat (designed and made by Alan Kain, Design and Fabrications in Wood). Each silver piece is a tribute to an organ donor since the year 2000, there are 568 individual silver pieces on the Love Seat. It is currently in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. From any Love Seat item of jewellery sold by Shirley Paris Jewellery, a donation is made to Kidney Research UK. The Tree of Life was another creation of Alan's and Shirley's. She was asked to design and make individual silver leaves to sit on the beautiful wooden tree. Each piece represents a child who has received an organ. It was previously held in the Renal Unit in Yorkhill Hospital and is now being moved to The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, with more silver leaves to be added.
Shirley likes to keep up to date with the jewellery industry’s advancing technology. She decided to master CAD technology and combines this into her jewellery, creating a synergy with traditional hand skills. The workshop team has been expanded with the addition of Shirley's children Hannah and Adam, who are both learning the skills of being a goldsmith.