Coleen Thomson

Coleen Thomson – Yala Jewellery Shetland is a jewellery designer from the island of Yell in Shetland. Coleen creates a range of silver pieces individually made bangles and rings, every one unique.

She also has some pieces cast in sliver too, check out the Shetland sheep and crofthooses. If you have ever visited Yell you’ll know that the sheep are a part of the landscape AND roadside!

Coleen is inspired by the environment she was born and bought up in, sometimes maybe taking the stunning landscapes and scenery for granted.

She has managed to capture the beautiful sights and textures of Shetland perfectly, the gorgeous twinkly seas in her Shetland collection and the textures of the old croft houses which are dotted around the islands.

Like many people who have embarked on turning their passion into a business it’s been a steep learning curve with many challenges and always something new to learn.

There’s more to running a business than meets the eye, hallmarking, packaging, web-design as well as the fun bit of designing and making.

Island life for Coleen is all about the sense of community, having family and friends close by and being able to work in such a stunning environment. I’m sure you’ll agree that contentment and sense of belonging can been seen her in her beautiful work.

Visit Coleen’s shop on isle20 to see more of her stunning products.

From the shop