Aosdana is a beautiful gallery & studio, housed in a restored farm steading on the road to Iona Cathedral, selling contemporary & traditional Celtic jewellery. We are open to the public from March to November.
Our name comes from the Gaelic word aos-dàna and is a collective term for the bards of old whose role was to record the histories and genealogies of the land, through poetry and music. Aosdàna echoes this definition by continuing the work of historical Iona jewellery designers Alex & Euphemia Ritchie and more recently, Iain MacCormick who in their own way reflected the history and culture of Iona through their craft.
Whilst acknowledging this wonderful work, Aosdàna also seeks to reflect the present cultural and physical landscape of Iona through our contemporary collections. Here you will find a trace of the past echoing through our modern designs, created using a combination of traditional bench skills and new technology.
Holiday Scottish Highlands & Islands says…
Aosdana is a beautiful shop and I’ve visited it many times whilst staying on the Isle of Mull. My favourite purchase was the acanthus charm necklace which is “inspired by the foliage carved on the decorated capitals in Iona Abbey and part of the Tree of Life symbolism, found in many cultures this Acanthus leaf charm represents the abundance and interconnectedness of the natural world to the heavenly world.”
If you’re not going to be visiting Iona soon, don’t worry as you can buy Aosdana’s range of stunning silver jewellery and gift vouchers on their website.
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