Frequently Asked Questions
"Did you make all of the jewelry?"
Anything with the House of Dubhrós Black Rose makers mark was made here, by me or my family. Many pieces also have the artist’s name next to the makers mark.
Though I make most of the jewelry we carry, I like to support other artists and have carried local artists’ work before. When this occurs, it will be clearly noted in the item description and on the Certificate of Authenticity if the piece includes one.
"Is all your jewelry hand made?"
Yes. With the exception of some of the stock chains we carry, all of our jewelry is handmade. The chains in question will be clearly listed as not handmade. We carry these chains in addition to our hand made chains because sometimes people just want a way to wear our creations without doubling the cost of the piece in question.
"Where did you learn to make jewelry?"
I originally studied under Sam Howeth, where I learned several techniques including both reticulation and hot spot. Through trial and error I found many of the other techniques I use now, such as how to make malleable reticulated silver.
"I think I have one of your pieces, how would I know?"
All but the smallest pieces created by House of Dubhros should have either our rose trademark on it, or be signed.
You can also check the Certificate of Authenticity, or CoA; if you have one. It should have not only a picture and name of the piece, but a written description, plus the signature and thumbprint of the artist.
"Where did you find your information for the library pages?"
Much of it has been personal or commissioned research. We did not want to include anything that could not be substantiated or proven to be a historical part of folklore. To this goal we used multitude of different books, manuscripts and other sources in our research. However, because many modern authors attempt to accredit new concepts to older sources without cause; we tend to avoid and works published since the early 1900’s, unless they come from a university publisher or can be verified through an academically acceptable source.
“But I read this symbol means…” or “This website says…”
We get emails that start this way every so often. I enjoy folklore immensely; as such I have the need to trace tangents to their source. When researching a topic I tend to rely on older manuscripts and transcripts, as well as texts by universities, like Penn State or the Royal Irish Academy, or other reliable institutions such as the Gemological Institute of America. A few times I have even had manuscripts translated so that I could read for myself exactly what was said. You can even find a few of these in my library section.
As a comparative study, I have read new-age authors like Cunningham and Melody. Some, like Cunningham’s book The Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic stops just short of plagiarizing Kuntz’s Curious Lore of Precious Stones. Works like Melody’s seem to have been completely conjured up without giving sources for her information. Yet, these are the two books most new age sites “borrow” from most often. I have even run across sites that have either copied these books word for word or have copy and pasted from other sites. The later is amusing and easily discernable from the others because they do not bother correcting the typos before publishing them on their own sites.
While I more than welcome any scholarly debate on folklore or history, I have much more respect for historical manuscripts, or texts by learned individuals, than I do for a chain smoker with a degree in mathematics that calls herself a “scientist”.
“Do you remember me? I was wearing a Celtic shirt at the Irish Festival.”
I see literally hundreds of people a day, so please do not be offended if I do not remember you especially by phone or email. And if you insist on trying to dive into the dark and musty recesses of my mind to pull a memory from a rusted chest, please cite our conversation, which I am much more likely to remember.
For some reason people pick the most standard things to describe themselves. I would remember you more if you were not wearing a Celtic shirt at the Irish Festival, or dressed in black at a Goth party.
“I wear the ruin I got from you and now the bats don’t chase me, but my neighbor will not talk to me. Do you think he is a demon or just evil. I am not crazy it just sounds that way in typing”
Ok… Well…. Sure you’re not. Folks, where I enjoy a good tale of the supernatural, probably more than the next guy, I am not qualified to be a psychiatrist; nor am I inclined to be your priest, teacher or pet magician. Where I do not want to discourage you from asking questions, please at least use spell check.
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