Walking down Dublin’s Wexford Street recently, I stopped to go into Djinn a jewellery shop. Dangerous. I know from experience that the only fail-safe way not to spend money in a shop is not to enter it in the first place.
Cast stereotypical images of jeweler’s shops out of your mind, Djinn has a boho feel. You won’t find serried ranks of display cabinets filled with neat rows of gold and silver jewels. What you will discover are pieces in precious metals made by the owner Simon Phelan and other creatives. There is also an extensive range of jewellery from India (some antique) as well as an eclectic range of other interesting articles.
The glass-beaded bracelet pictured above caught my eye. It was an affordable fifteen euros. To buy or not to buy wasn’t a philosophical puzzle at that price, so I said I would take it.
It’s my latest purchase. What’s yours?
Update: I forgot to say when I was writing this post that the very helpful girl I spoke to when I was in Djinn, told me that Simon has trained with metal-smiths in India and has built up good relationships with his suppliers mainly family enterprises. Djinn’s website says they support ethical and co-operative mining.