The ancient Irish were accomplished goldsmiths. The earliest golden ornaments discovered in Ireland date back as far as 2000 B.C. Lunulae were thinly beaten sheets of metal worn around the neck by our noble predecessors.
Celtic craftsmen from the first millenium created astonishingly beautiful artifacts like the Ardagh Chalice and the Tara Brooch, with an extremely high level of intricacy.
These ancient Celtic creative skills continue to flourish on our island to this very day. Paul F. Kelly, a master goldsmith working in County Kerry, creates distinctive pieces of jewelry, in gold and silver, often combining both materials with precious or semi-precious stones.
Today, I am delighted to publish a guest post by this accomplished artist, to introduce you to his wonderful work. His Ring of Kerry design is just perfect for anyone seeking a piece of Irish jewelry to mark a special occasion such as a wedding or anniversary.
The Ring of Kerry:
Hi, my name is Paul Kelly. I’m a gold and silversmith living and working in the town of Kenmare, Ireland. I’ve been asked to share with you the story behind my latest jewellery creation, the Ring of Kerry.
Living as I do in the southwest of Ireland, I am constantly inspired by the beauty of the landscape around me. The greens and golds of the mountains, the silver and blue of the sea and sky, the fierce balance between the elements, all led me to create my Ring of Kerry.
The Ring of Kerry is actually two separate torc rings, that when worn together symbolize the connection between its owner and the Kerry landscape. The bands are made of silver and 18-carat yellow gold, one set with a faceted green emerald, the other with a brilliant-cut white diamond.
Most people who come to Kerry enjoy a very happy and memorable time here, and my Ring of Kerry design captures that spirit and emotion. Customers I have shown the ring to have had a very strong and positive reaction to it.
The special associations with the place are already there – through the time people have shared together, the landscape, the sea, the weather, the light, even the place they’ve stayed in and the food they’ve eaten. The Ring of Kerry symbolizes and encapsulates that experience; it genuinely seems to touch an emotional chord.
Even though I’ve lived in Kerry for many years now, I still occasionally have to stop my bike or pull over in my car and really take it all in. It can be a sunset or sunrise, the colors on the mountains, even simply the movements of the clouds on the water.
I hope you can come see me at my shop in Kenmare, or you can learn more about the Ring of Kerry at my website.
As a special gift to readers of this blog, you can use the Coupon Code IRISHMOM to receive a 10% discount off your order.
About Paul F. Kelly, Master Goldsmith:
Master goldsmith and jewellery designer Paul F Kelly produces handcrafted originals at his workshop in Kenmare. He works in gold and silver, often combining both materials with precious or semi-precious stones, to create one of the most distinctive and inspiring jewelry collections in Ireland. A master traditional craftsman, Paul can be found working at his bench shaping and molding his designs or consulting with clients about a commissioned piece.
Wishing Paul every success as he continues to design and create such magnificent masterpieces, and a big thank you to him for so generously providing a discount for readers of Irish American Mom.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
P.S. My Disclosure: I do not have a business relationship with Paul F. Kelly and received no compensation for this post. I simply wish to spread the word about Irish and Irish American artists throughout the world.