Vanessa's unique approach to jewellery design is a culmination of almost 20 years working in the creative advertising industry while simultaneously learning the craft and skills of making fine jewellery. This combination led to a design style that puts the wearer at the heart of her designed collections, creating expressive yet sensual jewellery through a blend of traditional jewellery skills and modern product design.
To me wearing your own unique style is a form of self expression, a language without words. I design jewellery not just for its aesthetic, but because I believe in the power of what 'meaningful' can hold for people. Much like a tattoo, my pieces reflect a personal meaning for the wearer, one from which they can draw strength and feel like they are wearing something beautiful that reflects their personality.
For Vanessa the connection a person has with the piece of jewellery they wear is paramount. Sustainability isn’t just about the recycled metals Vanessa uses, but when a person really cherishes a piece of jewellery they will enjoy it for a lifetime. Self expression through their style matters more than the latest fashion trend.
That is why Vanessa is passionate about a concept first approach to her fine jewellery designs. With a theme in mind, she then works out how to create, craft and refine each piece. That is central to the her deisgn philosophy and sets the brand apart from the norm.
From the outset, Vanessa’s contemporary style concept jewellery has been recognised across Irish Media. On International platform Vanessa has been selected to exhibit her work as a female artist with a unique form at the Florence Biennale 2023. No mean feat given she launched just in 2020.
She does all this from her studio nestled in the Kildare side of the Wicklow Hills, Ireland. This is an environment featuring mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, rolling fields for the plentiful herds of sheep and the more than occasional deer.
I design my jewellery to reflect a personal meaning for the wearer, one from which they can draw strength and feel like they are wearing something beautiful that reflects their personality.
Why 'Ree'? Because despite enjoying this wonderful landscape every day, her favourite place is the fresh waters of Lough Ree on the river Shannon, where she spent her childhood and now shares with her family in summer months.
Vanessa originally hails from Athlone, but in keeping with her adventurous spirit, regularly embraces new challenges including a stint living solo in Italy, travelling the world in 2006, being a Mum to two gregarious boys and life long partner to an architect / bass guitar player and of course launching Vanessa Ree Jewellery.