A Glenarm jeweller has spoken of his pride after a number of pieces crafted at his workshop featured prominently on a hugely popular TV show.
Game of Thrones, which is currently airing its fourth season, has been a smash-hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
And, just as with the previous seasons, showmakers HBO intend to film the bulk of the upcoming fifth season in locations across Northern Ireland.
Much like Lord of the Rings did for New Zealand, Game of Thrones has done wonders for the local tourism industry, with eager fans flocking to Northern Ireland to catch a glimpse of some of the stunning scenery.
The hugely popular fantasy epic has also provided a major boost to the NI economy – particularly for one local business.
Since the first season, Steensons jewellers in Glenarm has been is reaping the benefits of Northern Ireland’s close links to the show, and has been working with HBO to create props for costumes worn by the characters who inhabit the medieval world of Westeros.
With characters divided into a number of noble houses, each with their own symbols, the team of skilled artisans at Steensons lovingly crafted brooches, crowns, belt pieces and an array of other items to help bring an added layer of authenticity to the show.
And a number of items have been showcased in the current season, including the majestic crown sported by the cruel king Joffrey Baratheon on his wedding day.
Other prominent pieces in recent episodes have included the crown and necklace belonging to Joffrey’s bride, Margaery.
And another item crafted by Steensons – a necklace given to Sansa Lannister – even forms a crucial part of the plot this season.
Dan Spencer, co-director of Steensons along with his wife Brona, told the Larne Times: “We make all the items to our usual high standard using metals such as silver, brass, copper, and even gold plating some pieces.
“Everything is made completely by hand using traditional methods.
“A number of the pieces we crafted have featured in close-up shots on the show, which is great to see.
“It is fantastic to be a part of such a successful and widely-loved show as Game of Throne,” Dan concluded.