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Steensons

Meet the Locals:
Brona Spencer

An économusée is a business that makes fine arts and crafts that allows the public to get behind the scenes and see how unique pieces are made. It must use traditional knowledge and authentic know-how to create its products. The idea is to allow artisans to showcase their trades. 

Steensons in Glenarm, makers of exquisite jewellery, is just such a place.

You can browse their range of hand-crafted jewellery in their showroom, or enter their studio and watch their artists at work.

All in the family

Bill and Christina Steenson began the business in 1976, after graduating from The University of Ulster’s fine arts school, in Belfast.

Their work has long set them apart from mass-market, high street jewellers, and their taught their craft to their daughter, Brona, and her husband, Dan.  

Brona and Dan are now directors in the business, carrying it forward for a new generation. 

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Most of the exquisite jewellery and designs for Game of Thrones were made right here. Brona explains that much of the workshop's designs are inspired by the rolling hills of Antrim.

Since Game of Thrones began filming nearby, they have been making all kinds of beautiful pieces for the show. Brona and Dan regularly welcome tour groups to the workshop. It's a key stop on every Game of Thrones tour - and no wonder.

Not only will you hear all about their work for the world famous TV series, but you can see how they made crowns for the kings and queens of the Seven Kingdoms. You can even pick up your own, unique Game of Thrones-inspired piece.

How about a direwolf or a House of Targaryen pendant?

The showroom also displays work by designers such as Andrew Geoghegan, whose design philosophy centres on simplicity, Henrich & Denzel’s timeless platinum and diamond pieces and Furrer-Jacot, Swiss jewellery designers since 1858.

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Itineraries

Plan Your Trip

Make the most of your stay in Mid & East Antrim by selecting from one of our itineraries. Each one caters to a different interest, a different mood, and ensures you experience the very best in the region.

Game of Thrones® Itinerary

The makers of HBO’s Game of Thrones® wanted to find an ancient landscape new to the rest of the world - dramatic cliffs that give way to beautiful valleys, medieval castles towering over picturesque stone harbours.

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Game of Thrones® Itinerary | Shaped by Sea and Stone

Heritage Itinerary

This land has a story to tell - A historic tale passed down through generations, through artefacts and ruins, through folklore and ancient writings, where etchings of the past reveal a deeper understanding.

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Heritage | Shaped by Sea and Stone
Heritage

Towns & Villages Itinerary

To truly appreciate the splendour of Mid & East Antrim, you must walk its towns and villages - These are places that have grown up from the rolling valleys of the Glens, nourished by the ebb and flow of the sea. 

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Towns & Villages | Shaped by Sea and Stone
Town & Villages

48-Hour Itinerary

The idyllic area of Mid & East Antrim was not built in a day, over thousands of years, the land started to take shape - with the collision of the rough Irish Sea on the soft grassy verges and the power of mother nature, the land started to flourish.

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48 hours | Shaped by Sea and Stone
48 Hours
Editorials
Editorials

Journeying through the real Westeros

Journeying through the real Westeros

When the makers of  HBO’s Game of Thrones® were scouring the planet for the ideal backdrop for their award-winning medieval fantasy series, their remit was tough.

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Game Of Thrones®
Journeying through the real Westeros

The Hot Milk Forge

The Hot Milk Forge

Eamonn Higgins is reviving the ancient craft of blacksmithing amidst the unspoilt beauty of Glenravel. Join him to take up your own anvil, forge and hammer to craft traditional blades or a longbow straight out of Game of Thrones.

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Family Fun
The Hot Milk Forge