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Spring Time April

This month of April the Birthstone is the beautiful most sought after Diamond every girl loves a diamond so if you are luky enough to be born in April then Diamond are yours

Diamond is a solid form of the element carbon with its atoms arranged in a crystal structure called diamond cubic. At room temperature and pressure, another solid form of carbon known as graphite is the chemically stable form, but diamond almost never converts to it. Diamond has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any natural material, properties that are utilized in major industrial applications such as cutting and polishing tools. They are also the reason that diamond anvil cells can subject materials to pressures found deep in the Earth.

Because the arrangement of atoms in diamond is extremely rigid, few types of impurity can contaminate it (two exceptions being boron and nitrogen). Small numbers of defects or impurities (about one per million of lattice atoms) color diamond blue (boron), yellow (nitrogen), brown (defects), green (radiation exposure), purple, pink, orange or red. Diamond also has relatively high optical dispersion (ability to disperse light of different colors).

Most natural diamonds have ages between 1 billion and 3.5 billion years. Most were formed at depths between 150 and 250 kilometers (93 and 155 mi) in the Earth’s mantle, although a few have come from as deep as 800 kilometers (500 mi). Under high pressure and temperature, carbon-containing fluids dissolved minerals and replaced them with diamonds. Much more recently (tens to hundreds of million years ago), they were carried to the surface in volcanic eruptions and deposited in igneous rocks known as kimberlites and lamproites.

April Birthstone

ancient celtic ogham symbols

Celtic God of elocution

Anam Cara rings

Gents Anam cara ring set in silver

The name Ogham is derived from Oghma, the Celtic God of elocution or fine speech. Ogham is an ancient linear script and is the first known written language of Ireland. The Ogham alphabet consists of groups of lines from one to five, set across a vertical stem line. Each group represents a different letter. It was used mainly for commemorative inscriptions. A one off handmade Celtic Ogham piece of jewellery made by Derek @ Goldmark becomes a family heirloom.

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Silver Anam Cara pendant

My Soul Mate

End of Summer

Welcome to September. Wow what summer we had in Ireland  and across Europe hot and dry. Water restrictions and melting tar on the road and melting ice-creams. A glorious summer of music festivals, street festivals, camping trips, outdoor pools and swims in the sea. We won’t forget the summer of 2018 . So now we are in September school is back and Halloween and Christmas and on the way time marches on but lets think back to the best summer in 40 years.


Inistioge County Kilkenny

Lough Dan Wicklow


stags head

Stags Head at All together festival 2018

Grove Carlow

Flying High

Flying High

I got my first drone with a camera as a birthday present recently and am loving it. It’s a great way to capture places that you can’t capture normally from the ground. I know people find drones annoying but if you are responsible and care about other people it’s a cool way of photographing and videoing stuff and you see placesfrom a new angle. So I took a few shots from around Carlow The famous Brownshill Dolmen and Ducketts Grove house and gardens always worth a visit. Click on the photos to bring you to locations.

Grove Carlow

Ducketts Grove Carlow

Brownshill Dolmen

Carlows famous Brownshill Dolmen

Beast from the east

Beast from the east

With all these wather warnings this week we are expecting the Beast from the east a cold air mass coing over UK and Ireland  called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW). This refers to a rapid jump in temperatures in the stratosphere (up to approximately 50 degrees Celsius in a couple of days), which can then lead to the onset of cold weather in winter for the mid-latitudes (including Ireland amongst other countries).

The SSW is  basically, a ‘wobbling’ of the jet stream can eventually alter weather patterns in the northern hemisphere by displacing a rotation of very cold air around the north pole called the tropospheric polar vortex.This, in turn, pushes the jet stream further south, leading to the development of a blocking high-pressure system at higher latitudes, which can remain in place for several days or even weeks. The last big freeze was in 2010 and it lasted for several weeks

It was 71 years ago this month when snow began to fall around Ireland, marking the start of an arctic siege that would last months.

So keep the home fires burning

The Tenth green

Carlow Golf Club 1010

Blizzard of 47

Snow drift in Ballaghadereen 1947





Anam Cara rings

Same gender rings

We are getting a lot more requests for same sex wedding rings since Ireland legalized same  sex marriage. The most popular rings we sell online and in-store are the Anam Cara rings in Ogham writing which means My Soul Mate so maybe this is why it’s popular. Rings are available in both Gold and Silver and completely customisable to suit names etc.

Silver rings can be purchased here Gents  Ladies

Gold rings can be made on request contact us for quote

The Ogham script recorded the earliest Old Irish texts dating between the 3rd and the 6th century CE. Ogham inscriptions are found exclusively in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Mostly they are genealogical inscriptions in the form of “X son of Y” on corners of large stone slabs. After the 6th century CE, Old Irish was written with the Roman alphabet, and Ogham disappeared from general but the knowledge must have been preserved in some form because our knowledge of Ogham comes from the chapter Auraicept na n-Éces in the 15th-century work The Book of Ballymote (Leabhar Bhaile an Mhóta), which also contains geneologies, mythologies, and histories of Ireland.



Re-cycled gold Celtic Swirls Jewellery

Celtic Swirls

I like the Celtic swirls it features a lot in my jewellery making recently I was asked to melt down some gold for a client and she wanted some Celtic pattern on the items so we decided on the Newgrange Celtic Swirl  pattern and as we had plenty of gold to work with ring and matching earrings were made. The customer was delighted with her new jewellery. Call in see what we can do for you.

Celtic locket

Gold Celtic locket with Newgrange swirls

Celtic Swirls ring

Gold wedding ring

swirl gold earrings

Celtic swirls earrings

Game of Thrones hand pin

The Kings Hand brooch pin from Game of Thrones

The Hand of the King

Game of Thrones Silver brooch pin

Recently I was asked to make a sterling silver brooch from the HBO series Game Of Thrones. I wasn’t sure what it looked like did a bit of a Google search and found a few photos there seems to be a variation on the design so I started to plan out the several parts to be made. The hand was carved in wax and then cast in silver and the ring was cut out and attached with solder to the hand and the sword was fashioned out of silver stock and shaped to a sword like shape and the fittings were attached on the back.

The customer was delighted with her finished piece of jewellery so another commission finished. Don’t forget “Winter is coming” LOL

Game of Thrones hand pin

Silver Kings hand pin from Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones hand pin

Silver Kings hand pin from Game Of Thrones

Brownshill Dolmen Carlow

Brownshill Dolmen, Brownshill Portal Tomb

Brownshill Dolmen Jewellery

Recently I have being asked to custom make local themed jewellery from  local sites and attractions here in Carlow. The first one I made many years ago was the Brownshill Dolmen one of the largest capstones in Europe. I took a trip out to the dolmen had a walk around and did a few drawings (this was way before digital photos) I came up with a view from one side and them I made a bronze brooch for the local arts festival Eigse as it was known back then. I made it for local people and tourists and ex pats living abroad so we have revived this brooch recently.  Brownshill Dolmen

More recently I have been asked to make special one off Brownshill Dolmen pendants and matching earrings in Silver

Dolmen Jewellery

Handmade silver Dolmen pendant and matching earrings


Dolmen Brooch

Custom made brooch











It was built between 4000 and 3000 BC by some of the earliest farmers to inhabit the island. It is also known as Brownshill Portal Tomb, so-called because the entrance to the burial chamber was flanked by two large upright stones (orthostats) supporting the granite capstone, or roof, of the chamber. The capstone is thought to have been covered by an earthen mound and a gate stone blocked the entrance. At Brownshill both portal stones and the gate-stone are still in situ; the capstone lies on top of the portals and gate-stone and slopes to the ground away from the entrance. Not much additional information is available on Brownshill because it has never been excavated. A fourth upright stands close by and could be the remains of a forecourt. The extent of the chamber cannot be determined.

Sleaty Church

We were also asked to come up with an idea for a local woman from Sleaty Carlow she lived near the old ruins of Sleaty church and graveyard here in Carlow (County Laois)  so I took a wee trip out to the site to have a look and sketched a few ideas and came up with the silver brooch as pictured  Sleaty Graveyard

Sleaty brooch

Sleaty Carlow



Ireland and Brexit

Brexit ireland

Ireland and Brexit

What will happen, will the UK leave or will they decide to stay it’s a 50/50 at this stage. The negotiations continue the sticking point is the border with the republic of Ireland. I am old enough to remember the border checkpoints of the north and south when I worked in Omagh County Tyrone all those years ago. I would get the phone calls towards the end of the week, “Will you get me some wine and beer” and bring it down for me, “No problem was the response” I was a alcohol smuggler back in those days.  So will we head back to the days of manned checkpoints at every border crossing I hope not.

In our business we depend on goods from the UK  like bullion and gemstones which we can have delivered by overnight courier and duty free. Will this change? Will trade slow down due to customs searchs and duty collection on parcels coming from the Uk ?  Online shoppers also face the prospect of duty and VAT  being addaed on the goods they buy from UK or Norhern Ireland websites.

Looking towards the future I think it will be ok then again its unchartered waters.

Long live the smugglers LOL