Peridot is a gem variety of the mineral olivine, which is found in peridotite rock from the earth’s upper mantle. It was known since antiquity, and for many centuries it was only found on a small island in the Red Sea, today known as Zabargad Island. 2500 years ago, no boats were ever left there overnight […]

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    Our final brochure of the year has come in, featuring a beautiful selection of jewellery and gift ideas for the Christmas season! Please call in to view any of the items below, and bear in mind that we have a wider selection in the shop!  

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The Tereschenko Diamond, also known as the Tereschenko Blue, is a 42.9 carat pear shape blue diamond. It has a slightly irregular outline, with a beautiful even saturation. It is believed to have come from India originally, as, like most blue diamonds, it is a Type IIb, suggesting that it came from the famous Golconda mines. […]

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Our latest arrival is a most wonderful ring, full of charm, character and history. It is an antique three stone ring by Tiffany & Co, and comes in its original box. The diamonds are beautifully matched Old European cut diamonds, perfectly cut for candlelight or gaslight, which was the norm at the time. You can see […]

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For your free downloadable invitation to the IADA antiques fair in the RDS, Dublin, 25-27th September, please click the link below Antiques Fair invitation – Please click here

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It is rare to find many links between the worlds of rugby and antiques, but this month’s World Cup in England does just that, with a quadrennial tradition connected to the very first international between England and New Zealand. The Gil Evans whistle is an otherwise unremarkable whistle which is kept at the New Zealand Rugby Museum in […]

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As a sister article to the blog post about the Maximilian Diamond, HERE, the Emperor Maximilian is a 41.94 carat cushion cut diamond, first known of in Brazil in the mid 19th century. As discussed in the other blog post, both stones first come onto the scene in the 1860s, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria travelled […]

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A short blog post today, about a wonderful piece of background to the origins of the word jewellery! Sometimes it is so easy to use a word and never stumble across its roots. Jewellery is one of the most personal things we possess, typically received as a gift, or perhaps to mark an important occasion […]

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While many diamonds are supposedly cursed, very few have as unfortunate a history as the Maximilian Diamond. The story takes us from the jungles of Brazil to a New York City Dump. It first comes onto the scene in the 1860s, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria travelled to Brazil. He was the younger brother of […]

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The Georgians were a very fickle society, with the fashion for jewellery constantly changing; in 1774, drop earrings were a must have, but scarcely three months later no earrings were to be worn. By the start of the 19th century, earrings had grown to three inches long! In 1790 gold wirework, or “Cantillework” came into […]

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