Welcome to the World of By Leahy

By Leahy is a handmade fine jewellery brand based in Galway, on Ireland's West Coast.

Inspired by a unique family necklace, By Leahy creates jewellery that is made to be enjoyed today and every day and, in time, passed down through generations to come. 

Hello there, Laoise here – founder and designer-maker behind By Leahy.

Originally from Co. Clare, I spent six years working in London before launching By Leahy. Of those six years, I spent five years developing my fine-jewellery making skills while working full-time in the fashion industry. Trained by a Master Goldsmith in Hatton Garden, ­the epicentre of the jewellery trade in London, I learned all the necessary skills I needed to take my love of jewellery making to the next level.

By Leahy Founder and Designer/Maker Laoise Leahy

Once a week, every Thursday evening, I would walk from my flat in Islington to Hatton Garden, bursting with excitement to learn something new - I loved everything about the making process. It gave me a creative outlet I had never experienced before, and I was immediately obsessed.

By the end of my first class, my fingers tips were sore from the pressure applied to keep the sheet of brass steady on the peg, I’d cut myself with the saw, and managed to file a corner off of my nail – but I was buzzing with the thrill of finally learning how fine jewellery was made. 

Not long after completing my first jewellery making course, I was handed down a special family necklace.

By Leahy Inspiration

My Grandad gifted this special necklace (pictured above) to my Granny while they were dating, 60 years previous. Shaped like an envelope, it opened to reveal a secret inner slip inscribed with three words... I Love You.

When my Mum turned 16, my Granny passed the necklace to her and, in time, my Mum passed it to me. After passing through three generations, this beautiful and personal necklace is filled with precious memories.

Above pictured L-R, my mum, me, and my Granny, on my wedding day in 2019. I wore both my granny’s necklace and the Signature Envelope Necklace on the day.

Granny's necklace sits at the heart of the By Leahy brand.

In 2019 I launched By Leahy with one cornerstone necklace, named the Signature Envelope Necklace.

Inspired by Granny's necklace and the unique story behind it, the Signature Envelope Necklace is a contemporary take... waiting to be filled with new memories.

Signature nods to the made-by-hand process that goes into every necklace and the idea that each one has its own unique story to tell.


By Leahy handmade Signature piece

Handmade in solid 18ct gold, 9ct gold, rose gold, or solid sterling silver, each Signature Envelope Necklace is purposively created in precious metal – I don't use plating, vermeil or fill – so that it can be worn with love every day, yet still stand the test of time, to be handed down through your generations to come.

By Leahy fine jewellery handmade in Ireland

Stamped with the official seal of approval, each Signature Envelope Necklace is hallmarked by the Assay Office, nestled away on the grounds of Dublin Castle, which guarantees the purity and quality of the precious metal.

Since making this cornerstone necklace By Leahy has slowly grown its capsule collection, adding new items that are meaningful, considered, and always handmade in Ireland.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the By Leahy pieces.

Laoise x

Feel free to read some of the stories behind the Signature Envelope Necklaces that have left my bench, in the By Leahy Signature Stories Blog.

By Leahy, Fine Jewellery. I love you, Bespoke Handwriting Signature Envelope Necklace