In 1997 ORRO was 'born' in Glasgow, Scotland, with the aim of promoting innovative designer jewellery.
At the time most contemporary jewellery was only available in art galleries, where it was usually the support-act for ‘serious-art’ like painting or sculpture. The aim of ORRO's founder Neil Smith, was to present designer jewellery as the ‘headliner’ - in a relaxed and inclusive setting - and so the story began.
At the outset, most pieces were by recent graduates alongside in-house designs, then over the course of the first couple of years this morphed into collections by emerging talents from all corners of Britain and Ireland. By the turn of the century some of the brightest stars in northern europe's vibrant jewellery scene were added to ORRO's dazzling collection, and so began a series of collaborations that have flourished to this day.
Still an independent business, owned and run by Neil and his partner Wes, ORRO has become a Glasgow institution, known for its focus on innovative design, quality materials and high-end craftsmanship.
In 2020, after 20 years in Glasgow city centre, ORRO moved to its current location in the city's bustling West End. The emphasis as always, is on the jewellery which is presented in an original, informal setting where browsing is key.