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Opal - The Birthstone for October

I think that gem quality opal is amongst the most spectacular of gemstones, forget your boring diamonds (I say that with tongue in cheek) but the play of colour on a black opal for example can be mesmerising. The finest quality opals can fetch prices that are up there with the most expensive diamonds and emeralds. Opal is quite a soft gemstone and has a hardness of 5.5 - 6 on the Mohs scale, because of this it is best suited to brooches or earrings or pendants where it is not coming into contact with daily wear and tear.  When it is set in a ring it is generally bezel set to protect the stone in a metal surround so...

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#WearingIrish - A global social media initiave to promote Irish Design

  #WearingIrish is a social media initiative that is the brainchild of Margaret Molloy.  Margaret is an Offaly native and now the Global CMO of Siegel+Gale in NYC. Her passion for Irish fashion and design led her to create the #wearingirish initiative in March 2016  to promote and highlight the wealth of talent that Irish design has to offer.  It also led to her #Wearing Irish Designer Directory Building on last years success, Margaret encourages everyone to participate by  taking a picture of yourself wearing Irish made fashion or accessories at least one day during the month of March and post it on your favourite platform, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #WearingIrish and tag the designer. Its a great...

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Novembers Birthstone - Topaz

Topaz is the birthstone for November and is available in a rich variety of colours.   The most prized Imperial Topaz is often confused with citrine quartz (yellow) and smoky quartz (brown), quartz and topaz are separate and unrelated mineral species. It was named Imperial topaz after the Russian Czars of the 1800s and features a magnificent orange body color with pinkish undertones. Topaz also comes in yellow, pink, purple, orange, and the many popular blue tones. The very popular Blue Topaz come in the varieties, Sky, Swiss and London Blue, distinguishing between three very different colour shades. London blue being the most intense blue as seen below.

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Our Jewellery now at the British Museum

  We are delighted to announce that we are now stocked at the prestigious Grenville Room in The British Museum. The Museum is running a specialist Celtic Exhibition, the first of its kind in Britain for 40 years. The exhibition will run until early 2016 and we are delighted several of our jewellery collections have been selected for both the Museum Shop and the Grenville Room We will have to pop over for a look    

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Wedding Do's & Dont's

Over the last 17 years Barry and I have heard all manner of stories from brides and grooms both good and bad about planning their wedding. We have also had our own wedding experience to draw from so we have put together a list of the Top 9 Do's and Dont's when planning your wedding.  Hope it helps (if you can think of more, comment below) Plan your day your way - no matter who says what to you do it your way!   2. Get your other half involved - remember its not just your day     3. Choose bridesmaids dresses that actually flatter your bridesmaids, remember they were your friends before they were bridesmaids!     4....

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