February Birthstone February is the month with Amethyst as its Birthstone  a violet variety quartz gemstone.It is a also a 6th anniversary gemstone. As amethyst is readily available in large structures the value of the gem is not primarily defined by carat weight; this is different to most gemstones where the carat weight exponentially increases…

Valentine’s Day Gift Suggestions With Valentine’s Day only days away make sure you don’t forget  to get your loved one a gift to show them how you much you love them this year. Whether it is a lady or a gent you will be spoiling on February 14th  your local association of fine jewellers member…

GARNET   For those of you with a birthday in January you have Garnet as your birthstone a rich red stone thought to look like the seeds of a pomegranate.As it is also the stone associated with the second year of marriage it would make a perfect second anniversary present.     A spiritual stone…

Looking for a Challenge in 2018, how about embarking on our STEP 1 course specifically designed for jewellers.   STEP1 Staff Training & Education Programme by the Association of Fine Jewellers.    We have a very exciting development in that now STEP1 has been accepted as an educational equivalent to JET1.  This means that all Irish…

Some last minute gift suggestions. Have you still got some people left to buy for , your local member from the Association of Fine Jewellers is on hand to help you out.   FOR HER: If you are buying for your Wife, Girlfriend, Sister, Mum, Daughter , Grandma, Aunt or Friend how about a piece…

December Birthstones If you have a birthday in December you have a choice of three birthstones,  Tanzanite, Zircon or Turquoise  Turquoise was the original December birthstone, it is one of the oldest gemstones and it is considered to represent strength, protection from harm, psychic sensitivity and connection to the spirit world. If given a turquoise by a…

  Jewellery Christmas Wish List 2017 With Christmas only weeks away we thought we would showcase some of the top trends in Jewellery for 2017.  Intertwined Circles and Infinity pendants are very popular this year. People love the symbolism behind these trends . Both meaning an unending and unbreakable bond and love. So whether its…

Happy Birthday November    We are already into the second last month of 2017 and November is one of those months with more than one birthstone. As a November baby you have a choice between Citrine or Topaz Citrine Birthstone Citrine comes only in Orange and is part of the Quartz family.This gem is said…

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month during the month of October The Association of Fine Jewellers will donate €1 for every battery fitted at participating jewellers nationwide.   This is the 4th year of the initiative which has raised in excess of €50,000 for the national charity, Breast Cancer Research who fund a comprehensive breast…

We are already in a new month and with it comes a new birthstone. This month’s birthstone is Opal. The national stone of Australia and the birthstone for October. It detracts light because of its natural structure.. Depending on the conditions in which it formed, it can take on many colors. Precious opal ranges from…