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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Amethyst is a purple coloured gemstone, the most prized member of the quartz family. It has been known of and treasured since the time of the ancient Greeks. Its wine-purple colour lead the Greeks to believe that it would protect one from drunkenness, and keep the wearer clear headed and quick-witted. According to Aristotle, amethyst […]

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Tanzanite is a transparent blue gemstone that was first discovered in 1962 in Tanzania, in East Africa. It is a variety of a mineral called zoisite. Initially only small pockets were discovered, but in the late 1960s a large deposit was discovered, and large-scale mining began. Its immense and sudden popularity was almost entirely due […]

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