The steps to making a freshwater pearl ring in silver.
Celtic design Tree of Life
We have a large selection of Tree of Life Jewellery at Goldmark its always a popular piece large or small, we can also make custom jewellery from you from your old gold broken earrings rings chains see ones we made with a Celtic design. Yoy can purchase our own design Tree Click here to buy smaller version
Many jewellers wear little or no jewellery.
I myself wear nothing. My training started off in Horology so a nice watch is important to me. But most people who make jewellery it is not always the possession of the finished piece but the challenge or the thrill of making something that will be admired in the end by the wearer or others who notice it. So how do you become a jeweller. Most people dabble at the start and find that they are drawn to jewellery making, you can work at the kitchen table or on a converted desk in the spare room and it can take off from there and the passion builds up and then further training can be sought via night classes or a full time course. It can be a full time occupation or part time as with the internet you can sell on Etsy or Ebay or other platforms all while keeping another full time job.
In fact once a stone is cut it takes many different trades to finish a piece of jewellery The Mounter makes the metal section and then the Stone setter sets the stone and then it is passed to The Polisher to give it the final finish but if you have the time and the passion to do al three all the better. My motto keep it in the family. …..Derek
Recently I have being asked to make bigger rings in silver this required me to carve and shape using jewellers wax to get the desired shapes and size and its easier to work with the customer by showing the wax model before casting in case some changes are needed to be made. One was a warrior mask ring and the other an Amber ring with Celtic design on the sides. As you can see he was delighted with his new bling.
Which is your birthstone?
Each month have their own unique birthstone.
January has the red Garnet, February has the purple Amethyst, March has two different stones the blue Aquamarine and the green and red Bloodstone.
If you are lucky to be born in April the Diamond is your sparkly birthstone. May has the green Emerald; June has two stones the Pearl and the Alexandrite. July has the red Ruby and August has the green Peridot. September has the blue Sapphire (although sapphire comes in different colours) October has the Opal stone and November has the Yellow topaz or Citrine stone and finally December has the both the Blue Zircom or the Turquoise stone.
The Tree Of Life
The Celtic tree of Life is often drawn showing the branches reaching skyward and the roots spreading out into the earth below symbolising the Druid belief in the link between heaven and earth. Trees were an important aspect of Celtic Culture. They provided shelter and food, and warmth through fire wood. This is what I made at the bench. It starts with a drawing and then cut out and a border and solder together and loop added. Its a nice solid sterling silver handmade Celtic Tree of Life pendant can be purchased at our store with nice belcher chain for €130
Birthstone for January
Giving a piece of jewellery containing a birthstone will bring the wearer good luck and protection. Monthly birthstones symbolize the month of birth according to the Gregorian Calendar. For those who were born in the month of January the garnet is the traditional birthstone. The January birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the garnet is associated – purity, truth, faithfulness and friendship. The Traditional Metaphysical Properties for the January Birthstone Garnet are awareness, commitment, regeneration, insight and removing negativity. The healing properties of the January birthstone are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to the blood, heart, lungs and infection.
The Garnet “By her who is this month was born No gem save garnets shall be worn They will ensure her constancy True friendship and fidelity.”
Christmas has come and gone all the rush to have custom orders ready and “I need it for the 10th of December” When in fact you have it made ready polished and boxed after some late evenings working on it. Then they dont turn up until the 20th. Just a wee grumble on the perils of Christmas. Anyway we had a very busy Christmas 2016 we were asked to make a good few custom orders which is good and keeps me busy. Shop was busy and people were in great festive spirit. So onwards and upwards for 2017. After 25 years in business you can never predict the Christmas shoppers so a big thank you to all who shopped local for Christmas 2016
This year we have being busy making custom pieces from customers old gold, They supply the gold, they tell us what they would like and we come up with a design and melt and shape the piece of jewellery reusing stones and any gold left over is given back to be used at another time. this is not gold buying we redesign your gold for a fee. Contact us on 059 9140122 or fill out the contact form
Happy 25th Birthday
At Goldmark we are now 25 years old (a quarter of a century) and on the 25th of this month we will celebrate by having a 25% off sale so if you are in Carlow Town call in to see us grab a bargain. We will have cake and raffle prizes etc. Call in have a look around see if you can pick up a gift for Christmas . It all started in 1991 and we have seen many changes locally, national and international. Older and not much wiser we continue to offer good value for money handmade jewellery and advice and repairs and service. Onwards and upwards as the saying goes here is to another 25 years. Gulp!!!!!