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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A very interesting gemstone that is not commonly seen is spinel, a red gemstone often confused with ruby. Indeed, until fairly recently all red gemstones were called rubies; however ruby is denser and slightly harder than spinel, (spinel is 8 on the Mohs scale) and the two can be easily differentiated by comparing refractive indices. […]

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  After a break from blogging, we are back up and running and have uploaded 50 rings to the website in the last few days! We have an extensive collection of beautiful antique diamond engagement rings, in a variety of styles including Edwardian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Belle Epoque rings, in both platinum and […]

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  One of the great pleasures of working with antiques is that one can see some quite extraordinary pieces. We have recently acquired two quite stunning antique diamond brooches, from the end of the 19th century. They are both of incredible beauty, and convey the skill and talent of goldsmiths of the era. The first […]

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Irish Silver Maker’s Marks Photographs of Irish silver maker’s marks, first letter from M to Z, including some biographical background to each silversmith where possible, in alphabetical order. Matthew Walker Another member of the famous Walker family, Matthew Walker had a very long career, and was an excellent silversmith. He was a Freeman from 1716 […]

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The Pink Star Diamond, which sold this month for $83 million dollars, is one of the most fabulous diamonds in the world. It is the largest fancy vivid pink internally flawless diamond in the world, and weighs in at an astonishing 59.60 carats, making the price paid almost 1,400,000 dollars per carat. It is the […]

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The diamond is the universal symbol of love. Of all its many roles, it is as a messenger of romantic love that the diamond has resonated through the centuries to emerge today as powerful as ever. This began with the belief that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with diamonds. The word diamond is derived from the Greek […]

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