As with all the earrings in the Homespun collection, these earrings create impact while remaining lightweight and comfortable to wear. Formed in fine square wire, the polished elements reflect light and compliment the matte finish. The miniature Lillie earrings have a lovely tactile quality that comes from the subtle movement. As with all Names Dublin jewellery, the focus is placed on small details, which adds to the overall appeal of each handmade piece. Available in sterling silver or 9ct yellow gold, each piece of jewellery within our Homespun collection is named after a woman who was involved in The Country Shop:
Lillie Curtain joined the staff of The Country Shop in 1931 as head cook. She was one of the ‘lifers’ in the kitchen and a very close friend of Muriel’s who became a director of the company in 1956. Lillie was an indisputable pillar of The Country Shop, overseeing all catering and staff of both the cafe and shop. A close-knit workplace, the staff members were more like a surrogate family to Lillie. On the first day of opening, the cafe sold out of food, leaving only a surplus of eggs and jam, and so ‘The Country Tea’ was born. A staple of the cafe until its closure in 1978, the simple menu consisted of potato cakes with scrambled eggs, tea, and jam.
-The above information was attained from Geraldine Mitchell's book on the life and work of Muriel Gahan 'Deeds not Words'
Each earring measures 3cm long and 2cm wide, hanging off a 4mm circular stud. If your preference is for chunkier jewellery, we have a larger version of our Lillie earrings available here.