Diane is a designer and maker who produces unique pieces of fine, handcrafted jewellery and objets d’art, using precious metal, precious and semi-precious stones to make functional 3-dimensional pieces using traditional techniques that show precision and skill.
Diane Lyness graduated from the University of Ulster obtaining a BA Hons in Fine and Applied Art: Jewellery and Silversmithing. For several years, Diane has been apprentice jeweller working alongside Graham Harron Goldsmith, Killyleagh. In 2011, she was awarded a place on the Craft NI making it programme, based at Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick.
A descendent of Belfast’s legendary Lyness’s Silverplaters, metal is part of her gene pool. Her pieces are adventurous. Their forms, although floral, relate to the structural rather than the ornamental aspect of flowers; their abstract patterns based on botanical studies and the examination of the microscopic detail within the flower. Colour, too, is important in her work, and the charm of light on translucent stones.
Diane has produced pieces for the Arts Council NI, BBC NI, University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast & First Trust Bank. Her commercial range has been chosen for the NI Assembly Gift & Coffe Shop at Parliament Buildings & National Trust property, Mount Stewart.