Wednesday 22 November 2017

All that glitters this Oscar season is gold for Irish jeweller

Jeweller Yvonne Ross
Jeweller Yvonne Ross
A Jennifer Rothwell dress
Jennifer Rothwell
A gold ring with brilliant cut diamond set in white gold by Yvonne Ross.
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They're talking gold in Hollywood this week - but it's not about the Oscar statues.

Early Oscar winners received statuettes made from gold-plated solid bronze but the modern day, foot-high statuettes are made from gold-plated britannium, an alloy made mostly from tin.

Sparkling like a star in Tinseltown this week, Kilkenny-based jeweller Yvonne Ross will be showcasing her talents at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony next Sunday.

Yvonne has a very personal interest in the Oscars because her fiance, Paul Young is an Oscar-nominated producer from Cartoon Saloon whose feature film, 'Song of the Sea', is up for a statue.

Yvonne is an award-winning goldsmith and jewellery designer and her choice of jewellery for the big night has been carefully thought out.

The jeweller will be wearing hand-crafted pieces inspired, appropriately, by the sea with pear-shaped diamonds and blue gemstones. Her Oscar gown is being made by up-and-coming Irish designer, Elaine McGovern from Ranelagh in Dublin.

A Jennifer Rothwell dress
A Jennifer Rothwell dress

Yvonne has been busy and has created Oscar night jewellery for Liselotte Olofsson, wife of twice-nominated director, Tomm Moore, another co-founder of Cartoon Saloon.

Liselotte's tanzanite earrings and large dress ring were custom-made to complement her red carpet dress by Dublin designer, Jennifer Rothwell.

The gown features prints from Jennifer's latest collection which was inspired by Harry Clarke's stained-glass windows.

At her store at Dublin's Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Jennifer yesterday wouldn't give away too much about the Oscar dress but said: "I hope they win and that Liselotte gets to walk across the stage so everyone can see the Harry Clarke-inspired prints which are so colourful and will look great on the red carpet because so many women wear pale, plain colours."

Nora Twomey, another co-founder of Cartoon Saloon will be wearing a dress by Laura Jane Halton who dressed producer Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly in 2013 when she was nominated for an Oscar for her film 'Head over Heels'.

Jennifer Rothwell
Jennifer Rothwell

Irish Independent

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