Featured JMH Jewellery

JMH Jewellery is a family business with a 44-year obsession with producing quality Irish made jewelry!  We are manufacturing jewelers based in South Dublin, ideally located close to all our homes! Started by our parents in 1973, shortly after they met, from the beginning JMH Jewellery has been a fusion of design and goldsmithing, producing stunning designs with recognizable style and quality. Our parents instilled their love for fine jewelry, craftsmanship and design in us, and so now Joseph and I work alongside them creating beautiful jewelry, carrying on the family tradition.

The Family Colours seemed like such a natural collection for us to create, from our family to yours, and we are pleased to launch a new necklet style in the collection this year. Personalized jewelry pieces are such a great opportunity to create bespoke family heirlooms. Each stone in these pieces represents a birth month of a family member. Gorgeous!

Its important to know, too, that each piece of our jewelry has been tested and hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle, Ireland. This is your guarantee of the purity of the metal in your piece. You will be able to find the hallmark on the back of your necklace, or inside your ring, and you will see the initials JMH, standing for Joseph Michael Harbourne (also known as Joe, or the Boss, or Dad!), alongside that is the Hibernia mark, to say that the item has been through the Dublin Assay Office, and finally the number to indicate the carat gold, or sterling silver.

925 is Sterling Silver        417 is 10ct Gold                585 is 14ct Gold.

We make all our jewellery in house in our workshop, so you can be sure that it has been cast by us, and then driven by one of us into the Assay Office to be tested and marked, before being brought back to the workshop, finished, set, polished and packed, and then sent on its way to you to be worn and cherished.

We hope you enjoy wearing our pieces,

With Love

Eve Turner & Joseph Harbourne

Know Your Irish Symbols

If you’re not familiar with Irish culture, the number of emblems and icons can be confusing. To help you navigate their meaning and significance, we created this quick guide that includes five of the most-often-seen symbols. Read on to learn more about each one.

The Claddagh

The Claddagh is typically seen on a ring, such as this sterling silver one. The ring circle is in the shape of two hands holding a heart. These rings are given as tokens of love, friendship, and loyalty. The name Claddagh comes from a small fishing village located just outside of Galway, which was the birthplace of this symbol.


The Trinity Knot

The Trinity Knot is a continuous, unbroken triple knot that has no beginning and no end point. This knot symbolizes both the holy trinity in Christianity and also serves as reminder of ancient Ireland where the Celts believed the number three held magical powers. It is also called a Triquetra, which in Latin means three cornered. These knots often have a circle that outlines their frame like the one shown on this wall hanging.


The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a well-known emblem for many cultures. It symbolizes creation and our relationship with nature. The Celts, in particular noted the connection between heaven and earth found in the tree, with the roots reaching deep into the ground and the branches pointing upwards as seen on this suncatcher. Further, the tree is seen as a source of food and shelter.


The Celtic Cross

Surprisingly, this Christian symbol has pagan roots. Lore has it that the shape originated from an ancient sun symbol that St. Patrick modified by extending the lines to create a cross. The circle seen around the top portion is meant to symbolize the halo of Jesus Christ. It is a sacred element that can be found on meaning pieces such as this sterling and emerald necklace.


The Shamrock

As the national emblem of Ireland, the shamrock is associated with all things Irish and is seen as an inviting and welcoming symbol—perfect for welcoming loved ones. The origin of the word comes from the Irish word seamróg, meaning trefoil, which denotes the number of lobes on the leaves of these plants. It has been said that St. Patrick used the shamrock as a tangible way to explain the holy trinity to the Celts.

Crossing the Island: Plan a Weekend Jaunt from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher

Whether you’re of Irish descent or just find yourself daydreaming of this country’s beauty, seeing all of Ireland is a top wish on many people’s bucket list. For those lucky enough to make the trip, Dublin is often a starting and ending point thanks to its accessibility. However, that doesn’t mean all your time in Ireland has to be spent on this side of the island. Consider a weekend jaunt to the Atlantic side to visit the Cliffs of Moher.

The Drive from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher

Approximate Distance: 286 km (178 miles)
Approximate Travel Time: 4 Hours

If you have a need for speed, the fastest route from Dublin to the Cliffs of Moher is via the M4/M6 motorway. If you leave Dublin early in the morning, you can be in Western Ireland in time for a late breakfast or early lunch.

 

Athlone bridge and river

 

Need a break? The halfway point between the two destinations is Athlone. Stop here to stretch your legs and get a cup of coffee or even visit a few of their top attractions. Athlone Castle, which sits along the River Shannon, is a popular choice for both adults and children thanks to history and architecture. If you are particularly interested in Irish culture, make a stop at the Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum, located only a few miles out from the city center.

 

GAWLAY

Getting back in your car, continue along the M6 until you reach Galway. This is where the drive will become more interesting. From here, you’ll take N18 and N67 along the coastline until you reach the Cliffs. While there is a slightly faster route, this is by far the most beautiful. This drive will also afford you numerous photo opportunities as well.

 

O’Brien’s Tower in Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

 

O’Brien’s Tower at the Cliffs of Moher

When you reach your final destination, pause to admire the beauty for an afternoon. The bucolic Cliffs rise to almost 700 feet (at their highest point) above the blue waters of the Atlantic. Many visitors take in the view from O’Brien’s Tower. Built in the 19th century, this vantage point offers spectacular views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins, and the Maum Turk mountains.

When you leave the Cliffs of Moher, head back up the coastline to nearby Doolin where you can pop in at a pub for a quick bite. If you wish to stay the night, this town also has lodging.

Prepare for Your Easter Celebration!

Hippity Hop! Easter is on its way—and that means gatherings are order. Whether you’re hosting a crowd or spending the day with a few close loved ones, these tips can enjoy ensure you make the most of the spring celebration.

SET THE SCENE


Part of the fun in celebrating a holiday is in the preparation. Weeks before the Easter season, you can begin to set out special crosses (we love this Celtic Knot Wall Cross), bunnies, fresh lilies from the garden, and other signs of the season. If you plan to host guests, also consider their comfort. Make sure you have fresh towels in the bath and burn a softly scented candle to make your home feel inviting. Add throw pillows to your sofa or guest beds for extra comfort—as well personality. We particularly love this “welcoming” pillow.

FILL THE BASKETS


While eggs often take first priority in little ones’ Easter baskets, there’s always room for a few goodies. Chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and small toys are favorites. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, we can’t resist the cuteness of these bunny slippers.

ENJOY THE COMPANY


Finally, spending time with loved ones is a huge part of many Easter celebrations. Whether you are going to mass or church services, hiding and hunting eggs, or gathering around the table to share a meal, the day is made better when you are surrounded with friends and family. Set out a favorite tea to sip with friends and sit back to enjoy the day.

Use Irish Preserves to Serve a Crowd

Spring is in full swing, and that means parties and impromptu gatherings are on the rise. It’s no secret that conversations seem to flow more freely and friends seem to linger a little longer when there’s food involved. We’ve found the secret to easy entertaining: preserves. Keeping marmalade or chutney on hand along with a few other pantry necessities such as crackers, scones, or bread can make preparing a snack for a crowd a breeze.

We love the mini sampler from Crossogue Preserves because it has something for everyone. Plus, all of their preserves are made in Veronica Molloy’s kitchen in Tipperary, Ireland. She has become famous for the amazing taste! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use Crossogue Preserves.

 

FOR A COFFEE DATE


Having a friend drop by for coffee? English muffins with marmalade pair deliciously with a cup of joe. Try the Strawberry & Champagne Preserves in the sampler set for a sweet and satisfying treat. If you have more time on your hands, prepare Irish scones (try Hogan’s Irish Scone Mix) to go with the preserves. This is also an easy morning fix for overnight guests.

 

FOR A FAMILY GAME NIGHT


It’s hard not reach for a snack when you’re in a heated game of checkers or cards. Keep all the players happy with this easy-to-make appetizer. Pour a jar of Irish Harvest Fruit Chutney into a small bowl and cut a baguette into small, thin slices. Serve the two on a cutting board for a simple yet delicious treat. For added flavor, pour the chutney over a block of cream cheese to create a spread.

 

FOR COCKTAIL HOUR


Use Katie Reilly’s Irish Soda Bread Mix to make a traditional sweet raisin bread that you can pair with the sampler set’s Irish Whiskey Marmalade. If you don’t have time to make the soda bread, try pairing the preserves with a small loaf of rye bread or baguette slices. Serve with your favorite beverages.

Galway Crystal History

Ireland has long been known as a premier producer of fine crystal. The country’s tradition of quality craftsmanship coupled with a desire to pass down this knowledge from generation to generation has resulted in some of the world’s most reputable glass companies, including Galway Crystal.

The Kells Decanter Set from Galway Crystal

Throughout 2017, Galway is celebrating its 50th anniversary. And while they have moved from the Nun’s Island facility where their work was originally produced, they still maintain the same techniques that have attracted kings, presidents, and celebrities. Their pieces have been presented or used in both the White House and the Vatican. Galway Crystal even makes commissioned trophies and awards for sporting events and competitions, including the European Tour, the Football Association of Ireland, and the world famous Galway Races.

Galway Crystal’s Marriage “Make Up” Bell

Luckily you don’t have to be a dignitary or win a sporting event to enjoy Galway Crystal in your home. Any special occasion is a reason to give one of these beautifully crafted pieces. For example, a wedding or engagement party is the perfect time to present a couple with a Marriage “Make Up” Bell. Irish tradition holds that one spouse can ring this bell to end any marital spats. If it’s a new baby you’re celebrating, an angel figurine makes a sweet—and sparkling—addition to watch over the nursery. For Father Day’s, we love the idea of giving dear old dad a decanter set that is beautiful and timeless—and sure to be handed down through the years. Whatever your special occasion, Galway Crystal has been working since 1967 to mark the event with a treasured piece.

Featured Galway Irish Crystal

Nearly 30 years ago, Galway joined the Belleek Group which includes famous Belleek Parian China and Aynsley China – three prestigious brands which further enhanced the position of Galway Crystal in the global marketplace.

In 1996 a beautiful new Georgian-style building was opened on the site of the original factory on Old Dublin Road, this remains Galway’s headquarters today.   The site also houses a heritage center, a retail store and large distribution facility.
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Through the years many well known people have passed through the doors of Galway Crystal, from Royalty to Presidents to celebrities. Galway Crystal can be found in some of the world’s most prestigious homes, from our own Aras an Uachtarain to the White House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the Vatican.
Galway Crystal also produces commissioned pieces for sporting bodies worldwide, from the world famous Galway Races, to the European Tour, the GAA, the Football Association of Ireland, to name a few.