Stonechat Jewellers, located in the Westbury Mall in Dublin 2, is a busy and exciting place to be!
Established by Ann Chapman in 2012, Stonechat has gone from strength to strength and shows very little sign of slowing down! When she first founded Stonechat, Ann worked as a ‘one lady show’. Fast forward through the demanding times of growing a small and successful business at the end of a global recession and she now has a team of 4 goldsmiths working with her. Together they make nearly 50% of the jewellery available in Stonechat in the in-house workshop. Customers love to see our goldsmiths at work, applying traditional making skills and techniques to contemporary pieces of jewellery. As well as the collections available, the Stonechat team is extremely experienced in remodelling old jewellery and bespoke work.
In order to offer a wide and considered selection of contemporary work, Stonechat Jewellers also showcases carefully chosen range of handcrafted pieces made by innovative, independent Irish and European designer-makers.
Whether you’re looking for a small gift or an engagement ring, enquiring about remodelling options or having a specific piece made to order, the Stonechat Jewellers team offers handcrafted, contemporary jewellery and excellent, knowledgeable customer service in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Why buy handmade jewellery?
There are so many reasons! Here are just a few…
Metal – We don’t hollow out our jewellery to make it lighter. It is so important that your jewellery feels like a quality piece. Mass produced jewellery is made as light as possible so that the material cost is as little as possible. This can cause irritation on the skin where rings are concerned as water gets trapped in the hollow section and aggravates the skin underneath.
Remember that metal used in jewellery is normally an alloy – silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% another metal to give it enough strength so that we can work with it. Equally 18ct gold is 75% gold and 25% alloy. Mass produced jewellery can have a cheaper alloy added to it to keep costs down, this is particularly important where white gold is concerned. We only use white gold with a palladium alloy – an expensive raw material. Some manufacturers add silver to white gold which means the white gold will turn very yellow over time and require frequent rhodium plating.
Stones – We hand pick our stones to make sure that we are getting the best stone within each grade. Workshops that mass produce jewellery normally receive a delivery of gemstones and use them all. We sort through a delivery and often return a good portion of the stones as we don’t feel they are up to scratch.
Design – Jewellery that is mass produced is limited in design as it has to be manufactured in a certain way that is fast and cheap. We concentrate on the design of the piece first and worry about the manufacturing afterwards!
The story – Each Stonechat piece comes beautifully presented with a short biography about the designer-maker. We love being able to tell our customers all about the person that made their jewellery and what inspired the piece.