Ornato derives from the Latin word ōrnātus, which means ornament- something that lends grace and beauty. For us, Ornato is something that makes us feel not only beautiful and attractive, but also unique and different. We believe beauty is in things that are imperfect, like a pair of handmade earrings, which vary slightly from one another. It is these little imperfections that give a piece of jewellery character and make it completely unique.
Ornato is a manifestation of simplicity, minimalism and contemporary design. Born out of love for clean lines and geometric shapes, Ornato is a jewellery brand for those who believe that “less is more”. At Ornato, we love playing with different textures and materials and that’s what makes our collections both bold and playful, at the same time.
Our aspiration is to bring together the most unique, stylish and original pieces that are hard to find anywhere else- you will notice this when people start staring at your new Ornato earrings!
All of our pieces are handmade, using ethically sourced materials. They are crafted in our workshop or sourced from carefully selected artisans who complement our aesthetics and values. As reflected in the quality of our jewellery, you can be sure that you are buying a one-of-a kind piece that has been made with care and love.
At Ornato, we believe it’s the little things that make the big difference, from using conflict-free materials and eco-friendly packaging, to supporting small independent designers; sustainability is an integral aspect of our brand and mindset. Mass produced, throw-away high street jewellery is just not our cup of tea!
Giving back is also very important to us; we collaborate with charity organisations that support people in need, donating part of our proceeds to their cause. We strive to offer ethical jewellery, all the way from our workbench to your jewellery box
‘Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will’.
With this quote in mind, we embarked on a journey to create our own jewellery brand as a way to express our creative and curious side.
The two of us have been friends for years and have always shared the same passion for arts and crafts. On our trips, we would always be on the lookout for independent boutiques and craft stalls tucked away from busy high streets. Driven by our love for handmade goodies, we started creating our own designs in 2017, and soon after we teamed up with talented independent designers around the world to create a curated selection of contemporary handmade jewellery. Our studio is based in the West End of Glasgow, but we travel far and wide to find inspiration and make new exciting collaborations.
But enough about us –why not take a look at our collections? We hope you love them as much as we do!
Alexandra & Christina