Bling fit for 'Game of Thrones' in Northern Ireland

Game of Thrones' Joffrey Baratheon, portrayed by Irish actor Jack Gleeson, wears a crown made by...

Game of Thrones' Joffrey Baratheon, portrayed by Irish actor Jack Gleeson, wears a crown made by Steensons. (Handout)

Sherry Noik, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:01 PM ET

It's a good thing the Steensons family are Game of Thrones fans.

Otherwise, who knows what torturous fate might have befallen the Northern Ireland jewelry-makers who were commissioned to create some bling for the bloodthirsty clans on the HBO hit series.

Steensons-crafted pieces have graced some of the Seven Kingdoms' most important heads (when they were still attached), and their trinkets have adorned nobles' clothes (when they're wearing any).

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Established in 1976 in the village of Glenarm, in late 2013 Steensons was designated an "economusee" -- a working museum, where the public is able to view artisans plying traditional crafts (a concept that originated in Quebec, according to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board).

Visitors can watch the smiths bend and shape gold, polish platinum and cast silver before adding precious stones, textured finishes and other embellishments.

But their work is more than just dragon brooches for Daenerys Targaryen and lion pendants for the Lanisters. Jewelry collections are inspired by the rolling hills and craggy coastlines of the wild and ancient County Antrim landscape that surrounds them -- scenery that doubles as Westeros for most of the show's exterior scenes. (Interiors are shot at Titanic Studios in Belfast, about 50 km south.)

A page devoted to G of T on the company's website describes each costume piece in detail and states: "As a craftsperson, artist and a keen reader of the books (eagerly awaiting Winds of Winter) it is exhilarating to see pieces you have meticulously crafted come to life in a theatrical and flamboyant way."

-- For a look at Steensons's dedicated GofT page, go to thesteensons.com/Game-of-thrones


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