Tel: 01856 861203
Sheila Fleet OBE is one of Scotland’s leading designer-makers of precious jewellery. Sheila was brought up on Rinibar farm in the Orkney Islands on a peninsula surrounded by the sea, expansive views and low lying cliffs. Her early shoreline paintings gained her entry to Edinburgh College of Art in the mid-1960s where she studied jewellery and fashion. She went on to work for various major companies before establishing her own company in 1994.
Orkney’s Sheila Fleet has designed two new collections to cheer up the winter. New collections are no surprise from Sheila, she is one of Scotland’s leading designers of precious jewellery and was awarded an Honorary Degree for her outstanding jewellery design by The University of Edinburgh in summer of 2014 - in addition to her OBE.
Now she has enhanced her Spring Daisies for Emily collections with new Coloured and Diamond Daisies. In vibrant enamel hues - Ocean, Champagne, Peacock and Fire to name but a few - or twinkling like frosted snow, the new daisies brighten winter days and illuminate long nights… a little sparkle in the dark!
“They’re bright and cheerful – just like Emily!” said Sheila.
“And great for warming outfits on cold, grey days!” added Emily
Like the original Spring Daisies in sunshine-yellow and crystal enamel Sheila has designed the new Coloured and Diamond Daisies for young Emily Findlay, her former employee. Emily was just 14 years old when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. Two years of treatment followed, she was stable for another two years but in the winter of 2014, just three months after starting work with Sheila, Emily relapsed. She was forced to stop work and return to further treatment.
Sheila decided to help. The first Daisies appeared in May and were quickly plucked from the shelves. Every Daisy contributes to Emily’s Fund at the Orkney Charitable Trust.
By the end of October the Spring Daisies had raised over £14,800 – surpassing all expectations and astonishing Emily’s family:
“We have been overwhelmed by folks’ kindness and generosity” said Michelle, Emily’s mother “I am a nurse but I can’t work and look after Emily so it’s really difficult for us financially. We can’t believe how much has been raised in just 4 months and want to thank everyone.”
“People both at home and overseas have been incredible,” added Sheila. “Emily may need specialist treatment in Germany, we hope the new Daisies will keep boosting her Fund and give her that chance”.
British Jewellery & Giftware International
A Division of the British Allied Trades Federation
10 Vyse Street
Birmingham, B18 6LT, UK
Telephone: +44 (0)121 236 2657
Fax: +44 (0)121 237 1119