ARK Jewellery’s new collection arrives at Lion Salt Works shop in time for Christmas

Ark Jewellery Butterfly collectionJust in time for those of us looking for something stylish and a bit different for Christmas, the Lion Salt Works has welcomed the arrival of a new ‘butterfly’ collection of sterling silver jewellery from Cheshire-based ARK Contemporary Designs into its shop. The brand new designs have been inspired by the Museum’s Butterfly Garden, a garden that features Cheshire’s Buddleia Collection.

The new seven-piece collection has been designed by Angela Kennedy, owner of ARK Contemporary Designs based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The ‘butterfly’ collection comprises two sets of earrings, two bangles, two rings and a pendant. All Angela Kennedy’s jewellery is sterling silver and fully hallmarked. Prices start at £25 for a pair of earrings.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “The latest silver creations by ARK are delightful. Their timeless, handcrafted, classical jewellery attracts a lot of attention. I hope our visitors will enjoy the latest collection as well as the wide variety of toys, books and bags that we sell, most of which would make great Christmas presents.”

Angela Kennedy from ARK said: “The Lion Salt Works Museum’s lovely Butterfly Garden was the inspiration for this collection. In the summer, it is a heavenly-smelling sanctuary full of wonderfully-coloured butterflies. I am also inspired by the butterflies that live in the beautiful Cheshire countryside near the Museum such as Marbury Country Park, with its ancient woodland and those that make their home in the unique salt landscape of the Weaver Valley.”

Angela Kennedy and Charlotte SellFor a really different present, the Lion Salt Works Museum sells unusual tea lights made from rock salt. The shop also offers pretty tapestry and floral bags by Signare and a good selection of books. For those in search of gifts for younger relatives, the shop sells a range of games, including ‘GlowDino and Fossils’, ‘Dig and Play Egyptian Tomb’ and the Science Museum’s ‘Secret Messages’ game.

The Museum’s Butterfly Garden, established by George Martin and Butterfly Conservation, incorporates 38 different species of buddleia as well as a range of plants especially selected to attract butterflies and moths.

The Museum is one of only four open-pan, salt-making works in the world. It opened in June this year after a £10m, four-year restoration programme by Cheshire West and Chester Council and thanks to a grant of over £5m from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It has recently received its 10,000th paying visitor.

Picture captions: 1. The new butterfly jewellery collection at the Lion Salt Works 2. Angela Kennedy from ARK with Charlotte Sell from the Lion Salt Works in the Museum’s shop.