A History of Quality
The Jewellery House has over 60 year history, supplying quality products and that has been key to our success. Backed by unrivalled customer service, we are very proud of our hard-earned reputation in the jewelry industry.
Our range consists of a comprehensive Solid Irish Gold and Sterling Silver jewellery collection within different brands including House of Lor. All of our jewelry is authenticated and hallmarked by the Assay Office in Dublin Castle, which ensures its distinctly Irish providence. It is your independent guarantee that your purchase is certified and it’s an assurance of the quality of the materials used in your purchase.
Making jewellery is in our blood. For three generations, the Pillow family have been raised designing and making Celtic jewelry. Celtic jewelry is our passion and our history is built on innovating beautiful designs and quality jewelry for our customers.
For decades, we have forged the way in Celtic jewelry design and brand innovation. We were the first Irish manufacturer to launch an Irish jewelry brand – Children of Lir in 1995. The Children of Lir brand continues to flourish, enthralling and captivating customers across the world, over 20 years on.
We will continue to innovate and design bespoke jewelry rooted in Celtic folklore, that delights and inspires the imagination as only an Irish legend can. When you purchase a piece of our House Of Lor jewellery, you carry a piece of Irish Heritage with you that will endure for decades.
Our Crafting Process
Gary continues the family legacy in the jewellery business and is the third generation of Pillow’s to do so.
His earliest memories of the trade were as a young schoolboy during holidays when he would visit their family business with his father to say hello to all the staff. The smell of jewellers rouge, the flickering of torch flames and the percussion section of hammer on mandrel was all it took, and it was in the veins of another generation.
Gary joined the business in 1980 and began a journey of discovery into an industry like no other. There was so much to learn, gemmology, metallurgy, design model making & product development, lost wax casting, bench skills, finishing and polishing, stone setting.
So, he started at the beginning and is happy to say that every day since he began his career in the jewellery business is a learning day.
Having served his five-year training apprenticeship with another firm, Martin came to work at TJH in 1995 where he continued his training as a bench goldsmith. With a keen eye for detail and great all-round understanding of the production process, Martin is Louise’s go to guy for special customer requests. Martin manages our busy workshop and is head of production.
Vicki Mc Cabe
Having previously worked in the Newspaper and Magazine Industry in sales and marketing, Vicki Joined the company in 2014 as Marketing Director. Since joining Vicki has implemented marketing strategies across all the brands in the company’s product portfolio. Vicki’s focus is to ensure our customers are kept informed about the company’s products and services and that our customers and resellers have the utmost support of the Dublin office.
Shortly after leaving school, David joined TJH as a young apprentice in 1998 and learned his craft under the watchful eye of our then Master Jeweller and designer Johannes Lilienfelt. Having completed his apprentice, David left to undergo additional training and afterwards continued to work within the jewellery trade in Dublin. In 2015 David came to ply his craft with us again and he and Martin work hand in glove to ensure every item that leaves the workshop is as good as it gets.
Louise joined the company in 1999 and learned the ropes in the fulfilment department processing and invoicing orders. She quickly gained an understanding of the business and learned the importance of great customer service. In 2003 Louise took up a position as stock controller and is responsible for many aspects of stock management today. Louise’s great talents for dealing with our customers emerged as she began dealing more and more with customers’ specific needs. Her warmth and efficiency in dealing with customers, and the ability to anticipate their needs, earned her a promotion to Customer Services Manager in 2014
Margaret is the most recent addition to our team having joined us in 2017. She came to the company with a wealth of experience in the jewellery sector and manages the stockroom ensuring orders are correctly fulfilled and despatched on time. In the short time since she has joined the company, Margaret has shown a great aptitude for the IT systems which help ensure the smooth running of this aspect of our customer service department.
Established in the 1950’s, The Jewellery House (TJH Ltd) is the Irish company behind House of Lor and our other brands are Celtic Designs Jewelry, Eternal Wedding Bands and Children of Lir. We are a third generation family business based in Dublin, Ireland.
Since the 1950s, we have strived to design and manufacture the highest quality of jewelry. Throughout this time we have proudly received many awards and accolades from our peers and our customers.
We are proud of our achievements and associations. We share them with you so that when you purchase from House of Lor, you can do so with confidence, secure in the knowledge that you are dealing with an Irish company that has earned its reputation from reputable sources and through our associations are committed to the highest standards.
Most recently, in 2016, we were voted one of the top 5 Jewelry Suppliers of the Year and awarded a Certificate of Merit from the North American Celtic Trade Association and Enterprise Ireland.
This award is given in recognition of outstanding product development and customer service to the North American Market and we are incredibly proud to receive it.
We are members of the FJMI (Federation of Jewellery Manufacturers of Ireland) the IJA (Irish Jewellers Association) and are registered with the Design & Craft Council of Ireland.
Federation of Jewellery Manufacturers of Ireland
The Federation of Jewellery Manufacturers of Ireland was established in 1963 to coordinate the manufacture of jewellery in Ireland. FJMI members undertake to carry on the ancient tradition of jewellery making and to abide by a strict code of ethics, giving assurance to customers that jewellery items purchased from members have been crafted with care, skill and pride.
The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), headquartered in Kilkenny, is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness.
The Irish Jewellers Association
The IJA represent an association of Irish Wholesale Jewellers, Irish Watch Importers and the Irish Giftware Trade and look to offer you reliability, service, good prices and business comfort when dealing with the Irish Jewellery Trade.
The North American Celtic Trade Association
The North American Celtic Trade Association (NACTA) is the trade association for the Celtic market in North America. Its membership represents retailers, vendors, manufacturers, distributors and others involved in this niche market. Its mission is to facilitate communication among businesses involved in the Celtic market in the USA and Canada and to develop and implement programs of value to its members.
Dublin’s Assay Office
Since the 17th century, Dublin’s Assay Office has been testing the country’s fine metals to ensure it is quality assured. Dublin’s Assay office is situated in the historic grounds of Dublin Castle, which is where our jewelry gets the stamp of approval.
The Assay Office has a highly sophisticated, state-approved laboratory where all of Ireland’s testing and hallmarking of precious metals; gold, silver and platinum takes place.
The Assay Office hallmark contains a number of elements, including the Hibernia mark which is the stamp of the Dublin Assay Office and shows a seated lady, along with some digits guaranteeing the precious metal content — for example 18ct gold or 750/1000 is 75% gold and 25% other metals.