This is a lovely article from a customer of my grandfather’s in 1949, who came back to visit us! Memory Lane There once was a fine young couple who wanted to pledge their love to each other by joining in marriage. Post war ravaged Belfast in 1949 was rebuilding but had little in the way […]

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The firm of Raymond C. Yard of New York was one of the leading names in the 1920s and 1930s, catering to the elite of American high society, including the Rockefellers, Fleischmanns, Flaglers, and Woolworths. Yard’s career began in 1898 when, at the age of 13, he began working for the well-known New York firm […]

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A really fascinating and beautiful piece we have recently acquired is this marvellous teapot, made circa 1780 in Dublin, an example of what is known as “Duty Dodging”. The 1729 Act entitled “An Act for the Encouragement of Tillage, and better Employment of the Poor” introduced a duty of sixpence per ounce on wrought silver, […]

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The journey from a dull piece of rough to the sparkling stone we know is a long process, with several stages, each carried out by a master. This blog will take you through the main steps, and hopefully illustrate the skill and talent of the diamond cutter.   Planning The initial stage is simply to […]

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Collecting Irish silver is captivating and intriguing, useful and practical, and is a fascinating and historic pastime. The development of a collection of antiques can be a life long passion, whether your budget is large or small. Before starting a collection, it is essential to learn about the hallmarks used in that country. Hopefully our […]

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One summer afternoon in 1891, Alexander Jacob, a gem dealer from Baghdad, entered the palace of the Nizam of Hyderabad, Prince Ali Pasha. He carried with him a 182 carat cushion-cut diamond, at that time called the Victoria Diamond. How it got into Jacob’s possession is not too clear a story. The Nizam was one […]

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Under the charter of Charles I that set up the assay office in Dublin in 1637, all Irish silver was to be sent to Dublin for testing and hallmarking. However, Ireland in the 17th and 18th centuries was a dangerous place, with robbery by highwaymen a real danger. Many silversmiths in provincial towns and cities […]

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A new selection of diamond eternity rings have been uploaded to our website today (15th August). Most are in platinum, but many can also be made in yellow gold if desired. Though the idea of a diamond band was around for a long time, it was in the 20th century that they really came to […]

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JW Weldon are delighted to showcase a beautiful collection of rare Irish silver which has recently come to light, having been hidden away, unseen, for over 75 years. Despite strong interest from within the silver trade, we have secured the entire collection, and it is now available to view in our shop at 55 Clarendon […]

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The IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the managed registry for Ireland’s official Internet address .ie, today announced the 15 winners of its OPTIMISE 2014 Fund. The winning companies include micro-enterprises, SMEs, emerging and established companies from the retail, travel, tourism, charity and service sectors, including JW Weldon! The IEDR’s OPTIMISE e-Commerce Website Development Fund provides €150,000 […]

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