Dundalk woman first Louth person to graduate as a jewellery expert

David Lynch


David Lynch



Dundalk woman first Louth person to graduate as a jewellery expert

Jerry Bohan, Ana Izquierdo and Denise Cunningham

Denise Cunningham was among the second group of people to graduate as jewellery experts in Ireland.

The Retail Jewellers of Ireland have teamed up with the Company of Goldsmiths to present certificates to nine graduates. These graduates become the second group ever to be taught the correct level of knowledge and expertise around selling jewellery in Ireland. Presenting the certificates in Dublin Castle was the Assay Master, Ana Izquierdo.

According to Ana: “Louth is a great location for jewellery shopping so having a Jewellery Expert will only raise standards. The Assay Office is delighted to team up with the RJI again for this fantastic initiative. We pride ourselves as being the very first type of consumer protection in Ireland. So it’s brilliant to be able to pass on that knowledge and professionalism to the next generation of jewellers.”

This is a Staff Training and Education Programme designed to train staff who are new to the jewellery business. It is the second group to be awarded certificates and interest in the program is growing..

The Company of Goldsmiths was established in 1637,and since then through their Assay Office, assay and hallmark all items of  precious metal manufactured in, or imported into Ireland before they are offered for sale to the public. In Ireland all items of gold, silver and platinum are subject to compulsory assay and hallmarking. So if the piece of jewellery you’re currently wearing has no hallmark, there’s a chance it isn’t precious metal.

You can contact the Assay Office via email on hallmark@assay.ie or phone 01 4751286. Check out their website onwww.assay.ie.