Goldsmith Derek Blanche specialises in creating unique pieces for that something, or more importantly, someone special. With 15 years experience in making engagement rings and unusual items of jewellery, Derek takes your ideas from concept to the finished piece. Visit Derek at his workshop in Castlecomer Estate Yard.
Where: The Bell Tower, Castlecomer Estate Yard, Castlecomer,Co. Kilkenny
Phone: 086 854 0633
Sunday & Monday by appointment
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am-5.00pm
GPS: N+52° 48.386’ W -7° 12.203’
Carl Parker is a Kilkenny based jewellery designer/maker. His distinctive geometric/three dimensional range is crafted from precious metals and set with natural gemstones, especially Tahitian ‘black’ pearl and diamond. Several of Carl’s designs have been recognised by Perles de Tahiti UK awards. Commissions are welcome at his workshop, located at the Castlecomer Estate Yard.
Where: Castlecomer Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
Phone: 056 444 0876
Mobile: 085 729 3014
Open: Monday to Saturday, 10.00am-6.00pm
GPS: N +52˚ 48.386’ W -7˚ 12.203’
MTW Jewellery is a Goldsmith/Designer who specialises in one off commissions. The jewellery is handmade by Marie-Therese Walker in her workshop, which is open for visitors, on the Market Slip, in the heart of Kilkenny. The work is created from unique and original designs, using precious metals and precious and semi-precious gemstones. She also has a selection of limited edition ranges, which can be seen in her workshop. MTW is the first and only goldsmith in Ireland certified to use Fairtrade gold.
Where: No. 1 Market Slip (off the High Street), Kilkenny City
Phone: 085 758 4907
Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am-6.00pm
or by appointment
GPS: N+52˚ 65.324’ W -7˚ 25.354’
Gold and Silversmith, Friederike Grace, enjoys capturing the light in her unique jewellery. She incorporates gemstones and diamonds into her designs, adding a splash of colour to the precious metals. Having trained in her native Germany, Friederike settled in Ireland and set up her workshop in the scenic setting of Burnchurch, Co. Kilkenny; see her work also in the Wishingbone Gallery, No.1 The Parade, Kilkenny
Inga Reed designs and makes award winning contemporary jewellery for Irish and international galleries and retail outlets from her workshop in Co. Kilkenny. She has worked as a designer for jewellery manufacturers at home and abroad and is a guest lecturer at the Craft’s Council of Ireland’s Jewellery Skills and Design course. Working in precious metals, stones and pearls, the influence of the Kilkenny countryside can be seen in her style. Her full range can be reviewed on her website. Commissions are happily undertaken.
International jewellery designer, goldsmith and gemmologist. After 15 years of directing and training the Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery Skills course, Jane has returned to her original love, designing and making individually commissioned pieces in precious metal. Her work is unique and special.
Where: Kilkenny City
Phone: 056 775 2557
Mobile: 087 242 4213
Open: Contact for private consultation
Rudolf Heltzel Goldsmith
The outstanding craftsmanship that goes into a Rudolf Heltzel piece is truly something to behold! Each item is handmade using traditional methods that have a timeless aesthetic. Using 18ct gold, platinum and silver Rudolf Heltzel are renowned for their sensitive treatment of rare and interesting gems. Based in the heart of Kilkenny city since the 1960’s, Rudolf Heltzel have made their passion for creating distinctive jewellery a reality and are internationally recognised as one of the finest goldsmiths.
Where: 10 Patrick Street, Kilkenny City
Phone: 056 772 1497
Monday to Saturday, 9.30am-5.30pm
(closed for lunch 1.00pm-2.00pm)
GPS: N +52˚ 38.978’ W -7˚ 15.092’
Yvonne Ross is an award winning goldsmith specialising in contemporary jewellery, hand-crafted using traditional skills. A graduate from the DCCoI’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course, she also has a degree in Fine Art and her love of sculpture and architecture can be seen in the balance and clean lines of her work. Yvonne works in precious metals often using diamonds and other precious and semi-precious gems and pearls. She has a broad selection of work on display in her studio along with a consultation area to discuss bespoke commissions, designed specifically for the individual client.
Where: First Floor 19 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny City.
Mobile: 087 779 9430
Tuesday & Thursday to Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm
Monday & Wednesday by appointment