About

About Juliette

I have lived in Galway, on the west coast of Ireland for over 20 years. I served my apprenticeship with a local luthier where I specialized in the decoration and adornment of stringed instruments. As well as using more traditional materials such as mother of pearl and abalone shell, I utilized a variety of both native and exotic woods in my inlays and bindings.

In my spare time I started experimenting, making Celtic-themed jewellery, incorporating these same woods and delicate techniques into my designs. They quickly proved very popular with both friends and neighbours. This encouraged me to set up a stall in the renowned Galway market. Trading under the name “Fretmajic”, my stall has been frequented every weekend for the last 20 years by customers and admirers from every corner of the globe. Today, I continue to expand and diversify my business, creating pieces inspired by the beautiful nature on my doorstep in Connemara. If you ever come to Galway drop by and say hello!

Fretmajic is registered with the Crafts Council of Ireland which has over 1700 registered craftspeople in the island of Ireland. All members work tirelessly to uphold high quality craftsmanship.

 About the symbolism

Celtic designs represent the eternal life as we contemplate the infinite cycles of birth and rebirth in both physical and ethereal realms.

TRISKELE / triskelion / triple spiral
Found inscribed on megalithic tombs in Ireland, the triskele (also named triskelion or triple spiral) is the emblem of Ireland’s ancient culture. The motif consisting of three interlocking spirals is considered sacred and is said to symbolize the elemental forces of Nature (earth, fire and water). The symbol is also used to illustrate motion: personal growth, evolution, progress, and spiritual expansion.
3-branch SPIRAL
The 3 branch Spiral represents the triple goddess, three female figures, described as the maiden, the mother, and the crone, each of which symbolizes both a separate stage in the female life cycle (maiden: innocent and pure — mother: compassionate and nurturing — crone: experienced and wise)
The oldest symbol in Celtic culture, the Spiral was also used to represent the sun and is, to this day a symbol honoring our connection with Nature.
CELTIC CROSS
Widely used as christian symbol, the Celtic cross has a history stretching further back than Christianity. The cross was originally a pagan sun or moon representation. Its 4 arms may also represent the 4 elements (earth, air, fire, water) or the four directions (north, south, east and west).
ETERNITY KNOT / eternal knot / Celtic knot
Celtic knots date back to the 3rd to 4th century B.C. Drawn in one continuous line, suggesting a continuous movement of time, they represent infinity and eternal life. They symbolize faith, declare love & unity between people, and even protect against evil spirits.
TRIQUETRA / trinity knot
The iconic triquetra (or trinity knot) has a myriad of symbolic interpretations. Pagans cherish it as a representation of the forces of Nature, earth, fire and water. On a more spiritual level it is seen to symbolize life, death and rebirth. It was latterly adapted by Christians to represent the three elements of the holy Trinity.

 

About the woods

I hand-carve my pieces using some of the most beautiful hardwoods from around the world. I use some native Irish woods (yew and oak are known to be sacred woods to the ancient inhabitants of Ireland), including bog oak that has matured beautifully for up to thousands of years. I honor these rare and valuable woods by creating unique pieces and because I believe in eco-friendly hardwoods practice, I mostly uses (and recycle) the off-cuts from musical instrument making. To complement my jewellery I finish my pieces with natural oils, to seal the wood & enhance their natural color.