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,