Dublin jewellery attractions

Hi fellow orchidians,

I have just been given a chance to go to Dublin over the coming
weekend, and apart from the Irish beer and charm I will be partaking
of, I was wondering if anyone can suggest some select jewellery
attractions, or suppliers I could visit whilst there?

Many thanks in advance,

The National Museum of Ireland is a don’t miss. See the great Celtic
gold hoards, the Tara brooch, the Ardagh Chalice and the other
master works of Irish civilization. Take a sketch book.


Zee: In Dublin go to the National Museum and see the gold jewelry
from Viking days. Ruth Mary

For contemporary jewellery, DesignYard
(http://www.designyardgallery.com) is worth visiting but they are
closed on a Sunday. It is 48-49 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 near Grafton
Street and Trinity College.

The Design Tower (http://www.thedesigntower.com) is about half an
hours walk from DesignYard and houses several Jewellers but most
prefer viewing by appointment and are only open Monday to Friday.

The Museum of Decorative Arts and History

is definitely worth a visit. It is in Collin Barracks, Benburb
Street, Dublin 7. It will be closed though on Sundays 28th March and
4th/11th April 2010 due to industrial action so check in advance if
you plan to go to any of the museums. It has jewellery, costume,
metalwork, armour and much more.

As for suppliers, I use NN Enterprises (http://www.nnenterprises.ie)
in Temple Bar for precious materials. They are open Monday to Friday
and I have always found them lovely to deal with. There is also
Beads’n’Bling (http://www.beadsandbling.com) and Yellow Brick Road
(http://www.yellowbrickroad.ie) which stock beads, stones, findings,
beadwork tools, etc.

Chapters Bookstore (http://www.chapters.ie) carry a selection of
craft and jewellery books which are very reasonably priced, even
cheap at times. They are open everyday and are on Parnell Street,
Dublin 1.

Design Yard, 12 Essex Street East http://www.designyardgallery.com

Visit National Craft Council of Ireland website to search galleries
and craftspeople/artists.

http://www.ccoi.ie there use to be a CCOI gallery in Dublin, I
believe itmoved to Kilkenny.

Debbie Paul, Contemporary Jewelery, @ 1 cows Lane, Temple Bar, I went
to college with her, she set up a prestine design studio in heart of
Temple Bar. The work is so well designed and creatively

National Gallery a must!!! http://www.museum.ie the archeology
collections blow my mind away.

Can’t wait to get back to Dublin, loads to explore…have fun!!

Hi Zee,

You would be more than welcome to come out and see my jewellery I am
in Swords a few miles from Dublin Airport. Some of my hollowware is
on display in the National Museum of Ireland Collins Barracks. Just
give me a bit of notice. Phone 01 8408602

Aidan Breen

Hi Zee,

You should have a great time in Dublin. Quite a lot of the really
cool stuff is all withing walking distance. The museums mentioned in
other posts are great. The Collins Barracks museum is often
overlooked, but it is great for early modern and Celtic Revival
work. Antiques can be found around Grafton Street and Temple Bar
area. Check out Powers Court and H. Danker on Anne St. My good friend
Aidan Breen has done a couple of splendid large silverware pieces in
the past couple of years that are true masterpieces. One is on
display at the Assay Office and the other was commissioned by the
National Museum and will probably be on display at Collins Barracks
eventually. Not sure when. Aidan posts to Orchid now and then. Maybe
we will hear from him.

Stephen Walker

Hi Zee,

Re your visit to Dublin- the advice about the National Museum which
is in Kildare Street is very good- website. the museum has a good
retail outlet also with Jewellery and other gift items. Another part
of the Museum is in Collins Barracks- Dublin - which has folklore,
Jewellery from the C19, furniture, the work of the designer Eileen
Gray etc etc

A very good retail gallery to visit is Designyard on Nassau Street-
has a website- lots of Jewellery. its not far from the National
Museum. - The Kilkenny Shop also on Nassau Street stocks many
craftspeople’s work

The Design Tower http://www.thedesigntower.com Has many craftspeople
working within - but not many would be here at the weekend.

Grafton Street is around the corner from Nassau Street and has
several jewelers within Brown Thomas - Cartier, Tiffany etc. further
up Grafton Street is Boodles - a high end British jewelers.

The Temple Bar area has galleries and interesting shops.

I hope that is on some help
B H.

It’s not jewellery or jewelry, but the Book of Kells should be on
your “bucket” list…it’s at the Trinity College Library.


It's not jewellery or jewelry, but the Book of Kells should be on
your "bucket" list....it's at the Trinity College Library. 

Several scribes worked on the Book of Kells. Scholars refer to the
best of them as “the goldsmith”.

Dear Orchidians, Time flies, but I wanted to thank all those who gave
me travel tips for Ireland recently. It was fantastic.

As per advice I did drop in to see the book of Kells, and
accompanying exhibition. Amazing. I also saw an enormous amount of
gold torques, earrings, clothing hooks and other mindblowing
crafstmanship at the National Museum - well recommended. We walked
around seeing various artisans who were suggested by others on the

A surprise bonus was an invitation to a curling game in Kilkenny.
Catch one if you can!

Thanks for your time and wisdom, as ever…it was a great, if all
too short, weekend.