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Butler taps into jewellery market with debut designs


Jean Butler

Jean Butler

Jean Butler

From 'Riverdance' star to fashion muse, movie actress to dancing artist in residence in University of Limerick, Jean Butler is about to add a new credit to her growing CV -- that of jewellery designer.

The titian-haired, Irish-American dancer launches her debut jewellery collection at the Showcase trade show in Dublin's RDS at the weekend.

The 39-year-old, who shot to international fame dancing with Michael Flatley at the 1994 Eurovision in Dublin, became an international star with the subsequent, spin-off 'Riverdance' show.

Since then she has become something of an academic -- masterclasses in dance around the world -- and in the fashion world she was muse for couturier Peter O'Brien and married Dublin fashion designer Cuan Hanly.

Jean's new foray into the commercial world of jewellery is largely aimed at the Irish-American market and she has given a modern twist to the shamrock.

Born to an Irish mum in New Jersey in 1971, Butler is a household name in Irish-American homes.

Dublin company Emarno, who approached Butler to do the new collection, claims the 17 pieces "capture her charm and finesse perfectly, while subtly reminding the wearer of their Irish heritage".

Butler's designs are priced between €39-€119 and feature shamrock buds with twisted silver bark and folding shamrocks in beaded circles.

They will be launched on Sunday at the four-day trade show organised in association with the Crafts Council of Ireland.

Also at the show, Tipperary Crystal, which has come together with a recently formed group of former Waterford Crystal craftsmen, will launch a collection of hand-cut crystal.

Irish Independent