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About Elena


Who am I?

"I love jewellery!"

Since childhood I have been designing, making and mending jewellery and it is a great passion and pleasure in my life. 

I love intricacy, detail, delicacy and graceful flowing forms, and I aim to instill this in each and every piece that I create.

The amazing intricacies of Celtic metalsmiths, early illuminated Irish manuscripts, the art of ancient Rome, and the wonderful Art Nouveau & Art Deco periods have all had a strong influence on my work.

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I was born in County Roscommon, and growing up close to the river Suck, tributery of the Shannon, in the West of Ireland, swirls and flowing lines have always featured strongly in my work. I studied fine Craft Design Jewellery at the University of Ulster, Belfast, and at the Sir John Cass College, London.

Early in my career, I worked as a freelance jewellery designer & master pattern maker for many in the jewellery trade in Dublin. This was a fantastic experience, as I had no idea from one week to the next, what project would come through the door.

I am married to Teagasc Manager David Colbourne, and together we have 5 gorgeous children, who are all young adults now.


What Type of Jewelry do I Design?

Most of my pieces start out in wax first, so they are very three-dimensional, as I am really a sculptor at heart. My pieces are cast into precious metals and then hand finished and transformed by me and my small team at the Jewellery Studio, in Co. Cavan, Ireland.

Different collections include, 'Gossamer'; light sterling silver petals accented with snow white freshwater pearls. I primarily design jewelry with swans, angels, feathers and halos, flowers, butterflies and bees. I also design gorgeous gemstone set rings, and a cheeky cow called Daisy who sports a 14ct gold flower in her hair.

I worked with the 'National Museum of Ireland' to create two jewellery collections based on their artifacts, which were on sale in the Museum shop, Kildare Street, Dublin. 

Stories feature strongly in my work, with the Irish legend 'Children of Lir' being the most popular. My intent with the 'Mise Éire' collection is to let you create your own Irish story. 

An upcoming 'Gráinne Mhaoil' collection, will be based on the medieval Irish pirate Queen Grace O’Malley and 'Oops a Daisy' is a charming old world walk down memory lane, with bees buzzing in the air all around. 

Angels are ever popular and the 'My Angel' collection, has something for all those special times in life when words are not enough.


Business Details

My jewellery studio / workshop is 3 miles from Cavan town. Visitors are most welcome, but please ring first.

My jewellery is designed, created and hand finished in County Cavan, and carries my makers mark - M. E. B Maria Elena Brennan - and the Dublin Castle assay mark of purity.

All are Guaranteed made in Ireland.


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