The Jewelry of Ireland story has roots stemming back all the way to 1964 when a young Des Byrne set up his first brick-and-mortar jewelry store on Dublin’s Bachelors Walk, overlooking the famous River Liffey. Des Byrne Jewellers Ltd became famous amongst Dubliners and was the cities one stop shop for quality Irish jewelry at very affordable prices.
As the business grew and flourished, Ken, Des’ only son and a trained goldsmith teamed up with his father and joined the Des Byrne team – which at this stage had become synonymous with a friendly smile, a helping hand and great value for money.
As the age of the internet dawned on Ireland, Ken spotted a gap in the market and in 1998 set up the very first online Irish Jewelry store; desbyrne-jewels.com. We went live on the 1st May 1998 and received our first order (all the way from Canada) the very next day.
In 2002 Ken reinvented desbyrne-jewels.com and AllCladdagh.com was born. A fresh, aesthetic and modern outtake on desbyrne-jewels, AllCladdagh expanded the product line and introduced the famous online webcam which streamed live images of Dublin’s Fair City to thousands of people around the world every year. AllCladdagh was known for its speedy delivery, exceptional customer service and its quality Irish, Claddagh and Celtic Jewelry. From this, AllCladdagh received over 1500 AUDIO testimonials from customers expressing their sincere gratitude at the service that Ken and the AllCladdagh team provided.
Having been in business for over 50 years, Des Byrne Jewellers Ltd and AllCladdagh.com closed their doors for the final time. This was met with an outcry of commiseration from both our native customers in Dublin and from our international clientele around the world. However, all good things must come to an end, but Ken knew there was something on the Horizon.
And Ken was right! In April 2020, history can be seen to repeat itself. Ken, along with his son Luke – the now third generation of Byrne jeweler – are introducing to the world Jewelry of Ireland; which aims to bring you the finest bespoke, limited and exclusive Irish Jewelry. With unparalleled connections with previous suppliers of only the best sterling silver, gold, platinum and diamonds. When you buy a piece from Jewelry of Ireland, you know you are purchasing something truly Irish!