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Lucinda O'Sullivan: Designing women are jewels of downturn

Enterprising artists are showing how to bring some sparkle back to our economy, says Lucinda O'Sullivan

Published 12/02/2012 | 05:00

FROM time immemorial jewellery has always had a fascination for people. It is the ultimate declaration of love, as we saw recently with the auction of Elizabeth Taylor's fabulous jewels, including the famous 33.19-carat diamond ring, and the pearl necklet known as La Peregrina, which was once worn by Mary Tudor and later by Spanish queens Margarita and Isabel. It was also painted by the 17th Century Spanish artist Velazquez.

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Both of these amazing baubles, and other items, were given her by her two-time husband Richard Burton

We don't all have Richard Burtons in our back pocket but fascinating and decorative jewellery doesn't always have to cost an arm and a leg. What better time is there to think about jewellery than St Valentine's Day and we have some really interesting jewellery makers in Ireland.

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