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Located in the heart of Ballsbridge, we offer expertise and quality in every aspect of the manufacture, reconstruction and repair of fine jewellery.

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  • Jewellery repair   |
  • Watch repair   |
  • Valuations   |
  • Engraving   |
  • Advice and design


about

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Bridge Jewellers Ltd opened its doors as a family run jewellery shop in the heart of Ballsbridge in 1977. Over the past 35 years proprietors James and Margaret Cullen have been manufacturing and repairing jewellery for their clientele from all parts of Ireland and some far flung locations across the world.

The business has developed significantly over the years, and in 1997, with an ever increasing client portfolio, the business relocated to new premises on Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge. This meant an increased floor area and larger workshop for manufacturing and showcasing the specialised product offering. It became clear that the demand for high quality hand-made jewellery was rising and in 2007, James Cullen Jnr. joined the team which enabled management of the increasing volume of work and further development of the business.

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Having qualified as a goldsmith and gemmologist at the exclusive CCOI Goldsmith course in 2005, James was keen to bring his expertise to the business and set about installing a larger workshop within the premises. To date, James has established himself as a specialist in his own right and has created much coveted designs for his own portfolio of clients.

With two in house goldsmiths and a wealth of expertise, Bridge Jewellers offers a unique service which has kept clients coming back and will continue to ensure many more happy customers for years to come. Come and see for yourself the large range of designs developed in house or speak with the experts to develop your own personal design in the intimate setting of Bridge Jewellers.



bespoke

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purple ruby ring with brilliantsHere at Bridge Jewellers we carry a range of branded jewellery to suit all tastes and styles, however, our speciality is the creation of exquisite bespoke jewellery. Each piece is individually crafted in-house from design conception, through the manufacturing process, to presentation.

Choosing a piece of jewellery can be a wonderful experience, one which can be made extra special by incorporating your input and ultimately by putting your own stamp on it. We pride ourselves on bringing our clients ideas to life in the form of a hand made, truly individual pieces.

We provide a large variety of gemstones of the highest standard to satisfy all budgets and preferences which are sourced from reputable suppliers globally. All stones we work with are “Kimberley-Process” compliant. This attention to detail ensures we have the materials to manufacture jewellery of the finest quality.



engagement

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When you reach that special time in life where you have chosen that person with whom you wish to share everything, you will no doubt want to ensure the token through which you will mark this occasion is going to make a statement!

While most ladies will have an idea of what they would like to see sparkling up at them from one knee, this isn’t always clear to the partner in their life! We appreciate this can be a daunting time and we are here to ensure you have the best help available to make the right choice.

“I know she doesn’t want a 3-stone”

“I know she would like princess cut”

“As long as it’s a diamond, I know she will be delighted”

“I have no idea where to begin”

engagement_ringThese are just some of the statements we hear from our prospective clients on a daily basis. Over the years I have made hundreds of engagement rings and it certainly makes the job easier having a client that wishes to be an integral part of the design process. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than a client leaving with a ring they are excited to present to their partner to ask the most special of questions.



wedding

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While every engagement ring is individual, it will, like you, require a partner. A common problem encountered when trying to find the perfect wedding band, is getting a ring that sits perfectly with the engagement ring. While we do stock a large selection of ready-made bands, the only way to ensure a perfect set is to custom make one for the other. This ensures that the style you want won’t be compromised in choosing something that is a “near fit” for your engagement ring.

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technical

Gold vs Platinum vs Palladium

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Gold in its finest form is served up in the form of 24carat (ct). However the higher the carat the softer and more malleable it is. This doesn’t lend itself well to wear as an adornment. Using different alloys to reduce the carat of gold makes the gold harder wearing and allows it to be worn on a daily basis. This is why we generally use 18, 14 and 9ct in jewellery manufacture. Fine gold is also referred to as .999 or 24ct; 18ct as 750 or 75% gold with 25% alloy; 9ct as 375 or 37.5% gold with 62.5% alloy.
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The true colour of white gold is more off yellow than white. Most white gold is finished to a high polish, matte finish or some other texture. The final stage is treating the piece with Rhodium solution. It is the Rhodium that gives the metal the high white steel finish (Platinum naturally has this colour\finish when polished). Make note or be aware that the Rhodium layer on the jewellery is susceptible to wear and over time where abraded, the piece can need re-plating with rhodium…..at a cost.
platinum
Platinum is a very tough metal. There is a difference however between toughness and hardness. Imagine platinum as being a piece of rubber that you can bend and form, but you cannot crack or snap it. Unlike white gold, platinum does not need plating. For years Platinum has been Gold’s more expensive relative. However the current rise in the price of Gold has brought the metals closer in comparative cost. Platinum is refined to 95% pure for use in jewellery. Best known as 950 or Pt950.
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Palladium is a soft, silvery-white metal that shares many of the characteristics common to Platinum. Unlike white Gold it also does not require plating. Palladium is a great metal for use in gents wedding bands as it is hard wearing but less expensive than Platinum.

Setting Styles

There are four main styles of setting used in jewellery…. “Pave”, “Castel”, “Channel” and “Gypsy/Punch”. These styles all lend themselves well to gem setting and all have different looks. They differ mainly by the wearer’s preference. When set properly, there are no disadvantages to the integrity of either setting styles.


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Common Gemstones Shapes

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These are the nine most common shapes of gemstones used in jewellery manufacture. Each stone is as unique and individual as the other. The choice is yours!


Quality or Quantity

Our belief at Bridge Jewellers is that the use of high quality materials and gemstones will ensure the utmost standard is maintained through to the finished product. We will always choose gemstones of excellent colour and clarity rather than a gem of larger size and poorer quality. Good colour and Clarity will always dazzle whether they at 0.5 ct or 5 cts.

The “4 C’s” – Cut, Clarity, Colour, Carat weight

These four criteria are used when grading diamonds and they are the ones you will need to understand when choosing the right diamond for you.

Cut

Cut is probably the most important, and most challenging, of the four Cs to understand. The brilliance of a diamond depends heavily on its cut.
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Clarity

Most diamonds contain some inner flaws, or inclusions, that occur during the formation process. The visibility, number and size of these inclusions determine what is called the clarity of a diamond. Diamonds that are clear create more brilliance, and thus are more highly prized, and priced.

  • F – Flawless: No internal or external flaws. Extremely rare.
  • IF – Internally Flawless: no internal flaws, but some surface flaws. Very rare.
  • VVS1-VVS2 – Very Very Slightly Included (two grades). Minute inclusions very difficult to detect under 10x magnification by a trained gemmologist.
  • VS1-VS2 – Very Slightly Included (two grades). Minute inclusions seen only with difficulty under 10x magnification.
  • SI1-SI2 – Slightly Included (two grades). Minute inclusions more easily detected under 10x magnification.
    • REMEMBER: For grades F through SI, a diamond’s clarity grade has an impact on the diamond’s value, not on the unmagnified diamond’s appearance.
  • I1-I2-I3 – Included (three grades). Inclusions visible under 10x magnification AS WELL AS to the human eye.

 

Colour

Colourless diamonds are the most desirable since they allow the most refraction of light (sparkle). Off white diamonds absorb light, inhibiting brilliance.
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Carat Weight

A carat is the unit of weight by which a diamond is measured. Because large diamonds are found less commonly than small diamonds, the price of a diamond rises exponentially to its size.



watches

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Bridge Jewellers stocks 5 major watch brands for you to choose from. These five brands provide a broad spectrum in price while all are quality time pieces.



contact

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Address

57 Shelbourne Road
Ballsbridge
Dublin 4
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Phone

(01) 6681171

Email

sales@bridgejewellersd4.com

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri 9:30 – 18:00
Sat 10:00 – 17:00
Open every Sunday in December 12:00 – 18:00

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