Following the Yellow Brick Road brings you to The Emerald City, but this bead and crystal shop stocks far more than emeralds; it’s an Aladdin’s cave, a veritable treasure trove on Bachelor’s Walk in Dublin. It’s very easy to spend an hour there looking at the beads, semi-precious stones, crystals.
If like me you have a collection of broken jewellery then get in here fast. You will receive expert advice and you can either take it home with the necessary pieces or choose to get it fixed in the shop.
I had three pieces to fix. The black and cream necklace was missing some pearl type beads and GG armed with super glue stuck the missing 5 on at a cost of one euro. I was just missing one black stone on another piece and they had the exact shape necessary. Another job for GG.
The other pearl necklace needed a new clasp so I left it there to see if it could be fixed.
My friend Sara had a broken strand on a rather spectacular necklace which was fixed there and then by cutting off the broken piece and sealing the ends. It took about ten minutes to examine and fix and the charge was a steep 2 euro 50 cent!
While I was in collecting my “pearls” a customer was collecting about sixty Swarovski crystals of various sizes for her daughter’s wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Seemingly they are Ireland’s only certified Swarovski Elements distributors. I was surprised to learn that the shop had been there since 1997. How had I noticed it before? I also saw that they offer a variety of interesting jewellery making classes during the year, if you are that way inclined. But it is certainly worth a visit if you have a favourite piece of jewellery that has lost a stone or a bead, or if you just want to browse. You can even get a tarot or angel card reading. Have a look at their web site www.yellowbrickroad.ie or follow them on Facebook. They ship worldwide so that might be some Christmas presents sorted for loved ones abroad.