Heathergems Production and Outlet, Pitlochry.

Historically, heather was utilised for such purposes as thatch (roofs), floor covering and brooms. Its main economic function today is on the high elevation moors where the game bird, Grouse lives in and on the heather plants.Game bird shooting is a big industry in Scotland, and other parts of the U.K. where moorland is common.

In Pitlochry, central Scotland a small company has devised a way of converting the heather stems into high quality jewellery. This entails a complicated, multi-stage process, viz:

  • Collecting the raw material from the hills.
  • Cutting.
  • Cleaning
  • Dyeing
  • Compressing.
  • Shaping
  • Turning (on lathe).
  • Machining.
  • Shaping.
  • Laquering.

At the Pitlochry outlet, skilled technicians can be viewed undertaking the finishing work.

Heather in Bloom, Scotland

Heather clad mountains near Loch Ness, Scotland

Heathergems products, Pitlochry.