Magpie Gems collections are hand-finished with passion and surprising simplicity, offering vibrant pieces to suit the taste of loving women looking to brighten up her look at affordable prices. Magpie Gems pieces are designed and made in Ireland and include earrings, necklaces, rings, bracelets, cufflinks., made with crystals from Swarovski® and nickel free sterling silver. Swarovski® crystals shimmer with the most brilliant colors to perfect your style. Designed to be ideal for collecting, wearing and gift giving, every Magpie Gems tells a story of master craftsmanship.
Lavinia Untea is the founder and designer of the brand. With Magpie Gems, I have found my sparkle and place in my new home. I’m originally from Romania, and for the past 10 years, I am living with my husband and two children in Cork, Ireland. I’m proud to be an Irish citizen and to have my own jewellery business celebrating all things stylish, colourful and sparkling. As a young girl growing up in Romania, grey was the dominant colour, there wasn’t space in Romanian society in the 80’s to express femininity or creativity.
When I flew the nest, the bright lights of New York attracted my attention, followed by a globe-trotting life working on cruise ships and finally shining my bright light on Ireland. And it is here, in my adopted homeland, where I have thrived and given expression to my creativity by designing and making jewellery since 2012. As is with everyone’s story, my life journey has been a challenging but inspiring story, similar to many other migrants. The process has helped me find my own identity, grow and express my creative self. I love that I can now breath more deeply and grow my roots. Magpie Gems is a part of me and express my passion for colour, sparkle, style and luxury. I strive to bring excitement and a little bit of fun allowing you to show off in style and shine!
You can find me and my new designs on Stand F81 (on the balcony area - LEO Cork North and West).