Jewellery Appraisal – Co. Waterford

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Michael Wall will be attending Keighery Gallagher, Main Street, Kilmacthomas on the weekends of the 20th – 22nd, and 27th – 29th of March 2014.

Michael will be providing a full appraisal and valuation service on the day to include:

A detailed examination of jewellery: this includes the weight and quality of the precious metals, and the shape, size and weight of the Diamonds and Gems.

A determined market value, replacement or facsimile value where applicable.

The importance of having Jewellery valued is necessary to satisfy the requirements of insurance companies. In the event of recovering lost or stolen items proof of ownership is useful in the instance of a claim, or when recovering or identifying stolen items by An Garda Siochana.

safe jewellery

An important aspect of having your Jewellery appraised and valued is to guarantee against being charged duty and VAT on re-entering the country.

Valuations will include photographic evidence along with a full schedule of items.

Priced from €60

Michael will NOT be charging a final value fee on items.

Michael Wall is an accredited Jewellery Professional with the G.I.A*

Michael will NOT be buying gold or other metals.

For more information and to book an appointment:

Call Michael on 086 8687456 or mail

 Call Kathryn at Keighery Gallagher on 051 295739

Michael Wall AJP GIA

*Gemological Institute of America

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Go Slow. A new concept of time.

Slow down. It’s the only way. No matter how you count them there are 24 hours in the day. But you don’t need to count them, not every minute, not every hour.

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What if you could glance at the whole day on your wrist? What if, like a sundial, you got the whole day in one, while working away at half the speed. What if, there was a slow watch?

There is.

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A genius concept from creators Corvin Lask and Christopher Noerskau, it’s a one handed Swiss-made watch, with a definitive air of freedom.

“We created the slow watch to simplify our lives. Everyone around us wants to break away from the pace of constant clock-watching, living with a sense of time rushing by, and the slow watch allows us to do that”, explained Christopher.

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Excellent idea, and beautiful concept. But what about the watch? Unlike product concepts that fail when put into production, the slow watch matches and if I’m perfectly honest, exceeds both.

It is elegantly designed. The materials used are very well thought out. The Italian calf leather strap evocative of Panerai, the well-tooled 316L stainless steel case which when seen from all angles is symmetrically perfect. Extra hardened mineral glass adds to the distinctive vintage look.  

If you look at the case from the side you will realise that the edges on the upper and lower parts have exactly the same proportions.  slow_motiv3_0351

Inside you have a Swiss-made, GMT-precision quartz movement. A perfectly smooth back fixed with 8 screws adds a 100M water resistance.slow_motiv3_0364

Although the watches are not outwardly branded, the discreet logo, etched into steel rests underneath. It simply says: Slow


This I very much like. A unique design does not need to show visible branding to be recognised.

Corvin Lask, co-creator said: “By keeping our logo hidden, our wearers are brand-free. By losing the minute hand, they have an even greater sense of freedom. As the slow community grows, we want men and women to know that they can take things easy wherever they are, restoring the balance in their lives by keeping time without watching every minute.”

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It’s a substantial watch. It’s not however over-sized. It’s a 38mm case width, and with a weight of 65g for the canvas, nylon and leather straps, the Slow watch will suit both men and women.

The price. Well that’s the best bit. The range hits in between the €200 – €300 mark. In fact there should be plenty of change left, as the stainless steel strap version costs €260. The watches are available with a cream, black, and silver face. The cases available in silver, black, and gold-plated stainless steel.


The straps are interchangeable.You can opt for a canvas, nylon, or leather strap.

15 models in the range, yet one clear statement:

It’s time to be slow

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My final thought:

An impeccable design. Simple, yet visually pleasing. The uncluttered round dial in rectangular case is aesthetically appealing. The construction, precise. Manufactured in Switzerland. The materials, very high quality.

I imagine the Slow watch will be very popular in years to come, so before the rush I suggest take some time and visit where you can learn more about the idea, brand and concept.slow_motiv1_0144

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Golden Globes 2014

It was minimal gems, vintage jewels and bold colours that wowed the red carpet in the Beverly Hilton for the 71st Golden Globes.

Last Sunday saw a lot of stars play it safe with just diamonds, while starts like Emma Watson braved a single Dior pearl earring, and Dior dress/trouser combination.

Emma Watson, the girl with the pearl earring.   © Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Emma Watson, the girl with the pearl earring.
© Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Vintage jewellery brought a touch of old Hollywood glamour in the guise of ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ star Margot Robbie who’s elegant Gucci gown was exquisitely complimented by vintage Van Cleef and Arpels diamond earrings.

Margot Robbie arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan

Margot Robbie arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The vintage theme throughout the night was echoed by Uma Thurman’s choice of vintage Chopard chandelier earrings.


Julianne Marguilies picked 1973 onxy, coral and diamond estate earrings, a vintage ‘ludo’ bracelet, and ‘alhambra’ onxy ring all from Van Cleef and Arpels.

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But none as elegant as Dame Helen Mirren who was the ‘queen of green’ that night in vintage emerald and diamond earrings from the collection of Gina Lollobrigida.

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Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC

While stud earrings played a large part of the jewels on show that night, with ‘Breaking Bad’ star Anna Gunn, and Sarah Hyland from ‘Modern Family’ choosing elegant examples from Lorraine Schwartz, it was Lupita Nyong’o in Fred Leighton jewels and Ralph Lauren cape gown that impressed.

12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Leighton, no stranger to the red carpet, dressed Golden Globe nominees Meryl Streep, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and star of ‘Scandal’ Kerry Washington.

Kerry Washington arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Kerry Washington arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The bold was left to stars such as Emma Roberts and Zooey Deschanel. Ms. Roberts wore a Lanvin gown, with striking turquoise chandelier earrings from Neil Lane.

Emma Roberts arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Emma Roberts arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)


The designer was also the preferred choice of Ms. Deschanel who wore a pair of diamond, pearl and citrine platinum earrings, a diamond, pearl and platinum bracelet and ring. 



One of my personal favourites that evening was Reese Witherspoon, who chose a 10ct emerald cut diamond ring, three stacked diamond line bracelets and diamond ear studs, from Harry Winston. Continuing the mini theme of turqouise/green she wore a figure hugging Calvin Klein dress.

Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

Photo: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

 But it was Cate Blanchett who truly stole the show in more ways than one. Picking up best actress for Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’, it was the stunning Armani Privé black lace gown, and exquisite Chopard earrings that were the clear winners.

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The Hollywood star looked the essence of elegance, in the high necked lace number. Certainly my number one choice that night. To add just a little regal touche, Cate chose a pair of Chopard earrings with 11cts of marquise cut white diamonds.



The latest addition to Chopards green carpet collection they were a laurel design crafted in fair-mined white gold.

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

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Carat Weight vs Total Carat Weight

There seems to be a little bit of confusion regarding carat weight and total carat weight, and judging by the amount of shop windows incorrectly displaying merchandise I’m not surprised.

A diamond is sold by carat weight.

Carat Weight

Carat Weight

So a one carat diamond solitaire (that’s one stone) will be denoted as being a 1.00ct diamond ring.

Remember ‘ct’

Now more often than not you will see rings and jewellery with more than one gem in them, denoted as having carats or cts.

Remember ‘cts’

In some instances you will see total carat weight or ctw.

Remember ‘ctw’  

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The most important thing to remember is that 1.00ct ring is NOT the same as 1.00cts or 1.00ctw.

A 1.00ct  7 stone diamond ring means that the seven ‘total’ 1.00ct in weight. Which means each gem weighs between 0.14 and 0.15 ‘carat’ or ‘ct’.

A diamond ring with 1 stone totalling 1.00ct means the gem weighs 1.00ct.

The difference?  

Lets take 1 x round diamond, with F colour, 1.00ct weight:


Then take 7 x round diamonds, with F colour, totalling 1.00ct weight:

€250 x 7 =  €1,750

There’s the difference. 

So when you see more than one diamond, you should be told about each one individually, or the total amount, or in the case of gem and diamond, total gem weight.

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Under NO circumstances should a mutli-stone ring be sold to you as having a carat weight. That’s misleading. It should be carats, or total carat weight.

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A year in review

It must be said that 2013 was a year that brought with it some extraordinary events, so if you’d bear with me for the next few minutes I’d like to take you through some highlights I found memorable.

There are no awards, just mentions to all those in the categories listed that made 2013 a little extra special for me. Blessed to have been part of a wonderful year, the list below consists of all those people and events that truly added to the 2013 experience.


World Social Media Day.


We taught the world how to party on June 3oth this year.

Well we do every year, as Cork put it’s on slant on things and told the world what Social Media Day was about. I joined a team of nutters, yes utter nutters, but the best bunch of people you could ever wish to work with.


Bush-tucker trials, drag races, art challenges were on the cards for the teams that were brave enough to take part

© Neil Danton Photography

© Neil Danton Photography

This year saw us organise a gigantic digital scavenger hunt through Cork city, with lots of events citywide, so if you didn’t happen to be there this June, maybe join me and the team next year.




Without a doubt it must go Eddie Donogher, of Brittas Castle, County Laois. Eds work caught my eye back in the start of the year, where he showcased some exquisite cufflinks at 

Bog Oak and Sycamore Cufflinks ©

Bog Oak and Sycamore Cufflinks ©

We chatted briefly as I had an interest in the level of exquisite detail in his work, and so far this 2013 (after a good number of chats,  and egging on) Eds work is available in Kinnity Castle and Salingers in Cork.

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© 2013

I’m very glad to say not only have I met a gifted man, but I’ve made a friend.


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© IMB Designs

As always I cannot sing Irene Leahys praise any higher. Irene is located at IMB Designs, Paul St., Cork. There is always a friendly face to greet you, a beautiful range of bespoke pieces in store, and expert advice from all the team at IMB.

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© IMB Design

Irene took time out of her busy schedule earlier this year to offer an insight into her work. You can read all about that here.

You can also check out the new IMB Design website, where you can browse designs and learn a little more about one of Ireland’s leading jewellery designers.


It would of course be wholly unfair to say I have a favourite client, so instead I’m going to include my favourite piece of 2013. To be given the chance to explore so many possibilities, select specific gems, and find the perfect materials to realise a piece is joyous.

18kt White Gold and Diamond-Set 'Art Deco' inspired Ring. © Michael Wall Bespoke

© Michael Wall Bespoke

And thanks to two very special people I got that opportunity. To achieve what is someone else’s vision is difficult, yet the trust and respect shown by both clients made this almost perfect. A lovely couple, who I wish my sincerest best wishes for the future. 


I don’t get to handle many completely colourless, internally flawless diamonds, so when this perfect 1.50ct gem was requested I took the opportunity to relish in it’s beauty.

© Michael Wall Bespoke

© Michael Wall Bespoke

It found a new home in a platinum setting with tapered baguettes, and I wish my client many years of enjoyment.


Ok so while the ‘Pink Star’ set a new world record at Sotheby’s, my favourite this year has to be the exceptionally rare 14.82ct ‘The Orange’, sold at Christie’s for a whopping $35,540,611.

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© Christie’s

True, the latter shattered world records, at $83,187,381, this fancy vivid orange is my personal favourite.

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© Sotheby’s



Two immediately spring to mind, but the sheer ease in which a lone robber relieved staff and guards of €103,000,000 of gems in Cannes this July, made for shocking reading.


The collection, ‘extraordinary diamonds’ was part of a summertime display centering on the prestigious Leviev diamond house.

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© Leviev

Commenting on the theft, Phillipe Vique, an assistant prosecutor from Grasse said; “He took a bag and a small box and then fled by another French door on the inside (of the hotel),” Vique said. “He left on foot … it was very fast.”


Surprisingly not Diamond related at all. With thanks to the Cork Independent I took on the role of Social Diarist for 2013.

This year saw me chat with chef Raymond Blanc, share a glass of wine with Neil McGuigan of McGuigan wines, even take to the bridge of the L.É. Aisling.

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Thanks to editor Deirdre O’Shaughnessy for the opportunity, looking forward to delving into the diary for 2014.


Well not really, it’s just another year after all. With 2014 comes new interests, new goals and new opportunity.

For the moment however I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year. Thank you for taking the time to drop by in the last 12 months. I hope some of the posts have been someway helpful.

To everyone online, and to all of you offline, family, friends, and clients, have yourselves a peaceful and prosperous  2014.




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Mikimoto for January

I’m pleased to announce that this January 2014 Michael Wall Bespoke will be carrying a limited selection of Mikimoto pearl jewellery.

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© Mikimoto

In 1899, the first Mikimoto pearl shop opened in the fashionable Ginza district of Tokyo selling natural seed pearls and half round pearls. The Mikimoto business expanded internationally, with stores opening worldwide. It is one of the first Japanese brands to attain international recognition.

Graduated Mikimoto single strand necklase with 14k yellow gold clasp.

Graduated Mikimoto single strand necklace with 14k yellow gold clasp.

Akoya and South Sea Pearls with White and Yellow Gold clasps will be available in Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings and Rings.

Others available on request.

For the full range of Mikimoto pearl jewellery visit:

© Mikimoto

© Mikimoto



Something for the Gents


Coming this week are these three Baume & Mercier Capeland watches.

Baume & Mercier are a Swiss luxury watchmaker founded in 1830. Now owned by the ‘Richemont’ group it shares its prestigious place with the likes of Cartier and Piaget.

Three variations will be available, with White, Black and Copper Dials.

Baume & Mercier

Baume & Mercier

Shown here is the Chronograph, with Copper Dial on a Brown Leather Strap. Features a deployment clasp, 50M water resistance, scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

Each watch has a RRP of €3,250.00

Now available at €2,250.00

Boxed, with certificate of authenticity, and 3 year manufacturers warranty.

Also available:

White Dial Chronograph, with Brown Leather Strap

Black Dial Chronograph, with Black Leather Strap 


For more information on either of the three contact me directly at:   




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It’s good to talk

This Sunday the 20th October I will be ‘Talking Diamonds’ at Athenaeum House Hotel, Christendom, Ferrybank, Waterford.

Athenaeum House Hotel is hosting an exclusive wedding open day, where exhibitors will showcase an array of services within the glorious surrounds of the 4* award winning boutique hotel.

© Athenaeum House Hotel 2013

© Athenaeum House Hotel 2013

From 4 – 5 pm I’ll be giving a talk on Diamonds.

I’ll be covering what you need to know, and dispelling myths about them.

I’ll run through what to look for when you’re buying a gem, and why the 4 C’s aren’t the only factors you need to look at.

I’ll talk about cuts, and shapes, and industry tips and tricks.

This talk is completely free, and I’ll be on hand afterwards if you’d like to talk some more.

For more information about Sundays event:

T: 051 833999


I look forward to seeing you there.



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Be My Guest

This week I have the lovely Irene Leahy of IMB Designs discussing what it is a goldsmith actually does. Irene took some time out of her busy schedule to offer some insight into the world of the expert professional goldsmith.

Michael: Irene thank you for taking time out to chat to me. Tell us about yourself?

Irene: Born in Kilkenny I moved to London where I attained my qualification in jewellery design and diamond mounting. I then continued to work in the vibrant jewellery trade there, gaining experience in a variety of areas. On returning to Ireland I set up my own business in Cork where I have based my work for over 10 years.

© Michael Wall Bepsoke

© Michael Wall Bepsoke


Michael: Irene, what is a actual Goldsmith?

Irene: Jewellery isn’t just an object it’s part of us because of the memories, people and emotions it represents.  When it comes to something so personal like jewellery why not get a person to create it?

That’s where us goldsmiths come in. By choosing to have your jewellery made by a goldsmith you can open a world of possibilities and create jewellery that is handmade and individually designed for you.

A goldsmith is a skilled metal worker who works in precious metals like gold, silver and platinum to create fine jewellery and larger scale ornate pieces. Specifically, a professional goldsmith is highly trained in the following techniques: filing, soldering, sawing, forging, casting, and polishing metal. These techniques have been used by goldsmiths and metal workers for hundreds if not thousands of years. While new technologies are often used by goldsmiths the core skills as outlined above are most important in the trade.

High quality design, service and materials are an essential part of a goldsmiths work on a daily basis.

© Michael Wall Bespoke

© Michael Wall Bespoke

Michael: It’s not as simple as it sounds is it? Tell us, why should we consider a Goldsmith over those high street retailers?

Irene: Goldsmiths are involved in every aspect of jewellery making and can offer customers handcrafted, bespoke pieces at competitive prices. With the raw materials of metal and gemstones they can create timeless work by hand.

A professional goldsmith can tailor-make a piece to suit your budget, your style and your life.

A large amount of jewellery in shops today is mass produced in factories abroad but a goldsmith does the opposite to this. They use the traditional skills of hand crafting jewellery to create pieces of exceptional quality for an occasion. This is why many people will chose to go to a goldsmith to have wedding and engagement rings made.

The benefits of supporting Irish based goldsmiths are two fold. Firstly the customer gets great service with a personal touch. Secondly by opting to go to a goldsmith you are keeping skills alive which would otherwise disappear.

© IMB Design

© IMB Design

Michael: I’ve seen you at work, and understand the intricate processes that take place at IMB Designs. Would you like to tell us what exactly happens at your workshop?

Irene: The picture above is of me at one of our work benches. We use traditional techniques of piercing (that’s cutting metal), soldering, filling, setting, shaping and new techniques to create high quality jewellery.

We work with all precious metals including; silver, yellow gold (9ct and 18ct), white gold (18ct), platinum and palladium. We order these metals in different forms such as wire or sheet depending on the job at hand. Over the years we have worked with a huge variety of gemstones and diamonds. You can see some of our work on our Facebook page:

There are two goldsmiths (including me) and an assistant goldsmith currently working in our Paul street workshop. Much of our time is spent on commissions including engagement rings, pendants, earrings etc. Our services also include restyling old jewellery and repairing jewellery.

On display in our shop you will also find different ranges of in house designer pieces and also we have work from other jewellers, ceramicists, sculptors and more.

Michael: Irene thank you. Where can we find you?

Irene: If you have any questions or queries about our work please drop in to the shop at 10a Paul street, Cork or you can phone us on 021 4251800

© IMB Design

© IMB Design

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Bespoke Cufflinks – Made by Ed

I’m delighted to share these stunning creations with you, and am pleased to offer MadeByEd cufflinks as part of the Michael Wall Bespoke range.

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© MadeByEd 2013

Custom designed and hand made by Eddie Donogher of Brittas Castle, these accessories are a must have for your wardrobe. All Ed’s work is made to order.

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© MadeByEd 2013

Crafted from Irish wood, such as bog oak, elm, spalted beech, and sycamore.

Ed uses wood from fallen trees that are found in the demesne of Brittas Castle in Co. Laois.

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Bog Oak and Sycamore pinstripe © MadeByEd 2013

Meticulously inlaid. 

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© MadeByEd 2013

If you are in Cork, you can also check out the exclusive Made By Ed range of cufflinks in Salingers of French Church St. 


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You can also see his exquisite range of spent bullet and cartridge with bog oak and walnut accents.

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Winchester Bullet with Bog Oak surround. © MadeByEd 2013

Or how about these shotgun cartridge cufflinks? 

12 guage shotgun cufflinks © MadeByEd 2013

12 gauge shotgun cufflinks © MadeByEd 2013

For more information on Ed, and to commission a custom set of Cufflinks, visit:


or check out his work on facebook:


If you have any questions or feedback do feel free to leave me a comment below.

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