The History of Silversmithing in Ireland

The History of Silversmithing in Ireland

The History of Silversmithing in Ireland

The history of silversmithing in Ireland is one that is steeped in anciency, and embroiled in conflict. For centuries, Irish silversmiths have created beautiful designs out of silver. As time went on, through the 17th century all the way through to the Celtic Revival, Ireland’s silversmiths have reinterpreted and innovated European trends to create our own distinct visual identity. Jewellery and silverware from across cities in Ireland even bore their own stamps, and featured their own unique individual style. 

For centuries our historical art remained hidden, kept safe during the plundering of Vikings and eventually forgotten in time. Their all-too-recent rediscovery has restored a fragment of our history integral to our artistic roots, and indeed, a key to understanding the true history of Ireland. 

The survival of Irish silver through the centuries forms the basis of inspiration for much of our contemporary jewellery, and also of the Silver Works jewellery making courses – sharing our expertise in our workshops allows us to keep this ancient craft alive, not just amongst our silversmiths but for anyone with a love for all things shiny and an itch to work with their hands! 

With our silversmiths leading the way, we want to keep this tradition alive and share an ancient Irish craft with locals and explorers alike. Whether you’re an aspiring silversmith looking to take our jewellery making courses, a bride-to-be looking for an eclectic Hens Night or simply a romantic soul who wants to make an engagement ring with your loved one, we truly have something for everyone. 

It’s truly something special, knowing that centuries on from the original master silversmiths establishing their trades, we have the opportunity to gather and spread the joy of our craft- And how beautiful, to think that a ring you have forged with your own hands, will survive through generations? 

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)

 

Oh Mother! A gift guide for an unconventional Mother’s Day

Oh Mother! A gift guide for an unconventional Mother’s Day

 

Oh Mother! A gift guide for an unconventional Mother’s Day

 

 

 

There’s no getting around it, folks. This Mother’s Day will be an unconventional one. With many of us away from the exceptional ladies in our lives, it’s going to be tough not to spend the day together. There are those of us who have returned to the nest, taken under our mothers’ wings in a time of crisis. And it’s vital to remember the amazing women who are navigating motherhood during the pandemic. 

 

It’s when times are toughest that the mothers in our lives roll up their sleeves and make things work.  So now is the time to show our appreciation with something special- Because now more than ever, we all need a reminder of our beauty and our resilience. 

 

That’s where The Collective comes in. We have picked our most unique pieces of Irish jewellery from our artisan designers, ranging from handmade jewellery to custom and bespoke pieces. We’re also excited to share our range of unique gifts from craft designers across Ireland. 

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The Mini Moon & Moon Silver Pendant from Cosmic Boulevard

Oh my stars! This pendant from Cosmic Boulevard is an example of Irish independent art, created by Sinead Murphy from her Dublin workshop. The moon is our universally understood symbol for motherhood-  the divine feminine strength that brings the tide and captures our hearts. Sinead’s work is primarily made from recycled metals, making this necklace the perfect gift for that super-resourceful lady in your life!

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I AM…Bath Bombs from Dublin Herbalist

Listen. It’s been a hard year. We know! And we’ve got you. This is one for the new mammies, the mamas to be, and the mothers working from home and making it work. 

These six vegan, artisan bath bombs from Dublin Herbalist are self-care in a box, during a year when ‘me time’ has become a precious commodity. This gorgeous box from Dublin Herbalist is the perfect excuse for the hardworking lady in your life to engage in some hardcore pampering.

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Voltaire Print by Ali P

This print from Ali P is one for the ladies with resilience! Ali P is an artist living in Lisburn in beautiful Northern Ireland. Their artwork is joyful and imbued with inspirational, positive messages. The Voltaire print carries this delight not only through its well-timed words, but through its vibrancy! 

These are just a few picks from our extensive Jewellery, Home and Art & Print ranges. Come explore a bit more and find the perfect gift for what will truly be an unconventional Mother’s Day! And don’t forget to pick up a card too!

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)