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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



Gold Ogham pendant

Ogham pendant in nine carat gold

Recycled gold Ogham pendant made in Goldmark Jewellers Carlow

Ogham Script pendant

Here in our Carlow shop I have being requested for Ogham jewellery more often. The old Irish script is over 1000 years old and can be seen today on old standing stones around our wee Island with the script carved into them.

So we got this request for a pendant to be made from customers old broken jewellery. The design and style of pendant was agreed. The customer wanted her two daughters names on the piece so I showed her what the names would look like in Ogham script. All the broken jewellery was cleaned and stripped of any catches and pins made of steel and we removed them and melted everything together to remove all the inpurities and then remelted again and then the molten metal was poured into an ingot. I then rolled the ingot of gold into a nice flat smooth sheet metal about 2mm thick.(Its a good heavy bit of jewellery) I then sanded down the sheet into an nice snooth surface and cut to size. Any left over gold was returned to the customer. I suggested we  kept the illusion set diamond from one of the broken rings and solder  it on top of the pendant loop. Then the names in Ogham sript was cut into the pendant and polished and finished. Our customer was delighted with the pendant and wears it with pride while also telling whoever comments on it that she had it made in Goldmark Jewellers Carlow. All advertising is good.

I now plan to make silver matching rings and gold wedding rings photos to follow soon……….