Berkeley-based jewelry designer Wilfy MacManus lends a special touch to each piece he creates. His jewelry collection showcases a lifelong interest in Celtic design, an artist's eye, and a tradition of excellence passed down from previous generations.
Born in the city of Belfast, Wilfy was raised in Northern and Western Ireland. At an early age, his father taught him to draw and to paint, two activities he still loves and enjoys. When he was only six, Wilfy recalls collecting stones and pieces of jewelry to disassemble and reassemble, a hobby that he never gave up, and that he believes eventually led him to jewelry-making. He credits his grandfather, who taught him his other great love (fishing), with sparking his interest in designs of a Celtic nature. 'I was very influenced by my grandfather's interest in early Celtic designs and carvings. He'd often bring me with him to archaeological sites and monasteries.'