Your Shopping Bag

May 18th, 2021

Our inspirations from week four of the New BBC2 show ‘All that glitters’.

In the final episode of the season, working with 18ct gold the remaining contestants had to create a pair of stand-out drop earrings, followed by their own version of a Maang Tikka – a traditional Indian bridal headpiece.
February 1, 2024

Signum Collection

For the House of Shaun Leane, this latest collection, SIGNUM, undoubtedly reflects a return to consciousness. In the presence of myth and powerful narrative - transformation is inevitable. The relationship between animals and human beings is one of self discovery. Beginning with Stone Age cave carvings of the wool musk ox, to self-reflection in Frida Khalo’s mirror self-portraits with monkeys, or the existential with Leonora Carrington’s surreal hybrid-horses; the animal kingdom - or as Leane calls it, our, “Kindred Spirits” - provide an emotional compass, pointing the way to more than ourselves. These are mirrors to a shadow self. Through animals we may glimpse a deeper grace, insight, freedom.

“SIGNUM is the culmination of deeply personal experiences I’ve had during these past few enlightening years. Rediscovering my Celtic-Irish ancestry and the reverence Pagans had towards the animal kingdom has reinforced an emotional connection to the nation of my heart.” SHAUN LEANE

The experience triggered Leane’s memories of times in Ireland, and the beliefs of his Celtic ancestors. When not working, he retreats to his cottage at the foot of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, a nesting decision that saw him return to his father’s roots but ultimately finds him alone, in a landscape of deer and Blackface Mountain sheep.

Through a deep dive of research, he was enlightened to the reverence that Pagan Celtics had towards the animal kingdom, the foundation of which was this; the animal world can reawaken in us guiding qualities, which shape stronger sides of ourselves. The natural instinctive behaviour of animals, or ‘Kindred Spirits’, are intrinsically connected to our own shadow selves.


Each wearer chooses their ‘Kindred Spirit’, the quality you want to nurture within yourself. This will be reflected in the one you are intrinsically drawn towards and what personally in you it can enhance for the better. Mirroring Pagan Celtic numerology there are nine ‘Kindred Spirits’ in total, each embodying the magnanimous principles behind the SIGNUM collection.

Kindred Spirit

The Snake symbolises Renewal; the Butterfly promises Hope; the Hare brings Intuition; the Honey Bee symbolises Devotion; the Wolf represents Bravery; the Bull ensures Strength; the Eagle embodies Freedom; the Stag signifies Grace; and the Fox provides Wisdom;


Pendants/ Bracelets


Renewal -  The Snake

Snakes, too, appear as if reincarnated from themselves, when sloughed of their skeleton skin. In ancient Greece and Egypt, and indigenous North America, snakes symbolise fertility, rebirth, renewal. Depicted on King Tut’s tomb as an ancient symbol of eternity, famously, was a serpent devouring its own tail. A powerful demonstration of the circle of life.

Snakes are ovoviviparous reptiles, hatching eggs within their body and giving birth to live young. Their presence is associated with luck, magic and even fortitude. Historical perceptions saw snakes sacred and immortal; semi-divine human-snake creatures guarded the Buddha.

Hope - The Butterfly

The transition of the butterfly, pushing out from the cocoon into life, is a visual representation of how we overcome adversity. Through a process of metamorphosis, these magnificent, winged arthropods embody accomplishment, euphoria and an abundance of freedom.

Their bright colours make them masters of camouflage, mimicry and attraction - with wings covered in minute coloured scales that change colour in the light. In ancient literature, butterflies were winged messengers comparative to angels - they sent signals, validations to a prosperous future. They are nature’s symbol of hope through determination.

Intuition - The Hare

Hares are country roamers surrounded by myth - infamous for the madness of their March courtship rituals. Their existence has an aura of mysticism; instead of a man in the moon, traditions in Mexico, China and Japan see a hare, as they are nocturnal creatures; eating and travelling at night, sleeping during the day.

Although shy, the brown hare is Britain’s fastest land mammal with running speeds exceeding 40mph, propelled by powerful hind legs. With many adversaries including hounds, hawks and foxes, to the hare, speed is nature’s gift of intuition; hares frequently outwit their pursuers by an alert presence and ability to turn and corner with unrivalled agility.

Devotion - The Honey Bee 

Honey Bees are natural born team players. They spend their lives caring for their siblings rather than reproducing for themselves - extremely rare in the natural world.

"If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years left to live” Albert Einstein

Bravery - The Wolf

Fierce looks, huge teeth and scores of legends told about them; the heart-pounding howl of the wolf calls midnight in the forest. They are mythologized in fairy tales. Heroic personalities have fought them in fables.

Fearless, with powerful endurance, wolves hunt eighteen-twenty hours a day with an agile, firm bite. They live in packs, able to sustain across multiple climates - staying cool in summer, fur for warmth in winter. Although grafters, they are one of few species in the wild never to abandon their young. There is bravery in loyalty.

Strength - The Bull

Muscular, powerful, determined; robust enough to flip cars, bulls can pull their own bodyweight and are thirty-four times stronger than humans. They have thick bones, sturdy, stocky builds - pawing up dust in demonstrations of fortitude - and rigid horns that curve outwards.  

A huge expenditure in energy is necessary to carry such heft; thus bulls often remain calm. But they charge into action when looking out for their own. Defined as ‘protector of the herd’, they are natural defenders of life, particularly their offspring. A bull’s true strength lies in their sense of duty and purpose.

Freedom - The Eagle 

Theirs is a unique overview of the world; a wingspan between six and nine feet and a powerful appendage of long, slotted feathers, built for soaring and gliding on updrafts of warm air, allow eagles to fly higher up in the sky than most other birds. Roving between morning and late afternoon roost, they are nomadic travellers; visions of freedom in flight.

Grace - The Stag

Stags are subject to mythology and folklore of many ancient cultures. Known for their calm demeanour and strong leadership, the stag’s appearance is universally a good omen. Native tribes of North America believe stags are messengers from God, living examples of nobility and sensitivity in action.

A fast runner, stags have one of the most beautiful leaps in the natural world; they can jump eight feet high and as far as thirty feet. Kings of their domain, they are alpha animals; an archetypal strong, silent type. Peaceful in spirit however, stags swiftly and elegantly avoid hostility before enemies can even blink their eyes - grace in motion.

Wisdom - The Fox

Streetwise instincts allow the fox to thrive in strenuous, urban environments, with determination and persistence. Quiet observation and calculated risk-taking requires quick, slick thinking, emboldened by an ability to see in the dark - tapetum lucidum, or “eyeshine” - reflects light back onto their retinas, giving foxes excellent night vision to catch prey and avoid predators.

Inspiration walked into Leane’s back garden in Mrs. Bennet, the fox and her baby cubs. Over several patient weeks of gentle diligence, and moved by their trust in him, Leane tamed an entire family of urban foxes to be hand fed by him - brie and Kerrygold buttered bread.

“I would call out “Mrs. Bennet” - and she would appear at my feet,” says Leane. “The second stage of trust was presenting her cubs to me at my patio doors. I sat on the stairs beside them as the cubs played and fed from my hands. It was a moment of ultimate connection. Animals exist only in the present… The foxes reminded me to live in the day.”

Solitaire ring — 2009 — Gold, 7ct cognac diamond, black diamonds
Poison ring — 2005 — White gold, diamonds
Luna ring — 2009 — White gold, rubies, carved rhodolite
Tribal deco ring — 2008 — White gold, black diamonds, white diamonds, tsavorites, cabochon hematite & quartz
Tusk ring — 2019 — Gold, black diamonds, ceramic

Become an Insider

Sign up and be the first to know about our latest creations, shopping events and much more.