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About Solvar

Solvar is an award-winning jewellery manufacturer crafting Irish jewellery since 1941. We are a third-generation, family-run, Irish business combining our passion for Ireland with our love of jewellery. Since our humble beginnings on No. 10 Harcourt Street, Solvar has grown to a 50-strong company, exporting beautiful Irish jewellery worldwide.

Handcrafted with skill, passion & wisdom

Time honoured craft and artistry

Each piece of Solvar jewellery is individually designed, drawing inspiration from Ireland’s rich heritage and unique icons such as the Claddagh, the Celtic Knot, the Shamrock, the Harp and the Celtic Cross. Our master designers have carefully crafted these icons into timeless jewellery pieces to continue this rich cultural legacy.

We design and create our Celtic and Irish-inspired jewellery pieces with love and care in Dublin and deliver worldwide.

History and heritage

Obernik family at the picnic in 1950s

1941

How it began

Our story begins 80 years ago, back in 1941, when our founder Gustaf (Nicky) Obernik, took his family on a weekend break to Killarney to visit the famous Gap of Dunloe.

Gustaf was surprised to see the volume of visitors that were attracted to this beautiful landmark and he started to explore the idea of designing and manufacturing Irish jewellery inspired by Ireland’s rich history and heritage.

 
old georgian building  - the first Solvar office

Our first workshop

Harcourt Street

When he founded his jewellery business at No.10 Harcourt Street in Dublin, he could hardly have imagined what it would become. Back then, and starting with just 2 employees, his company soon became known for its beautiful, Celtic and Irish history-inspired pieces.

Gustaf Obernik went on to be one of the first, if not the first, person to design and manufacture brooches using Connemara Marble, a material that is unique to Ireland.

 
Marcus and Nicky reviewing the products

Today

Third generation

Both of his sons, Tony and Nicky joined the company in the 60’s, continuing the heritage by growing and developing the company further. Tony spent a lot of his time travelling the world sourcing inspiration for product design, while Nicky spent his time developing customer relations through attending sales events and visiting customers.

Grandson Marcus joined the company in 2002 and works now as the creative director.

 

Introducing

Our people

Our people are everything, and they love what they do. We have some of the best goldsmiths and master craftspeople in Ireland working to create beautiful pieces in our Dublin studio to go out all over the world. Our quality pieces are produced to the highest standards and hallmarked by the Assay Office in Dublin Castle.

Geoff O'Donoghue - Solvar CEO
Geoff O'Donoghue - Solvar CEO

GEOFF O' DONOGHUE, CEO

Our own heritage in jewellery design comes from our roots in Ireland. I grew up in a small town just outside Dublin and would spend my summers visiting all the beautiful sights Ireland has to offer. When I joined Solvar 11 years ago, I wanted to help share our passion for Ireland and our love for jewellery with the world.

Paul McCue, Solvar master goldsmith
Paul McCue, Solvar master goldsmith

PAUL MCCUE, MASTER GOLDSMITH

No two Claddagh rings will ever be the same because of the weight of the stories and the people behind them. The beauty of my craft lies in how I play a part in how families around the world share passion and tradition from generation to generation. I feel connected to my country, and I’m proud to share that with the world.

Nicky Obernik, Solvar director
Nicky Obernik, Solvar director

NICKY OBERNIK, DIRECTOR

Family is everything. Solvar embodies this. It is an 83-year-old business that, like jewellery, is passed from generation to generation. When I joined Solvar in 1960, I started in the stock room picking and packing orders. Over time, I began accompanying my father on sales trips. I loved meeting customers and hearing their stories of how a piece of Solvar jewellery became part of a cherished memory for them. It was then that I knew we were creating something very special.

Marcus Obernik, Solvar creative director
Marcus Obernik, Solvar creative director

MARCUS OBERNIK, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

In 1941 my grandfather set up Solvar with just two employees, as the business grew my father joined followed by myself some years later. Growing up, I would listen to stories at family gatherings about their trips on the road sourcing the very best materials Ireland has to offer. They have shared their vast experience and knowledge with me and I look forward to bringing this into the next generation.


Dublin city centre and the River Liffey banks during the sunset

We love where we are from.

We love Dublin

The Dublin of 80 years ago, when the company was founded, was a very different place from what it is now, but we are still here.

Dublin is full of great pubs, vibrant culture, great shops, amazing food and the best Guinness in the world. This is the city of the world-famous Trinity College, Stephen’s Green, beautiful Christ Church and historic Dublin Castle, where our pieces are hallmarked.

When you buy Solvar, you get a little piece of Dublin, Ireland, from our family to yours.