Declan established his business in 1985 and works at the company premises on Fade Street in Dublin producing both Celtic and contemporary jewellery in silver, gold and platinum combining both traditional craftsmanship and modern techniques. Each piece in Declan’s collection is individually made by hand and hallmarked at the Assay Office in Dublin Castle.
Whether creating a bespoke piece of jewellery for a client or an item in Declan’s own jewellery collections, the process to create a piece of jewellery involves four elements: design, elegance, quality and image.
Each piece of jewellery starts life as a drawing of the design from which a master pattern is made. The basic shape of the piece of jewellery is cast and then the piece is hand-finished.
Declan Killen has won commissions from a wide variety of clients to produce jewellery for a wide range of occasions and tastes. Clients include various government departments, the National Museum of Ireland, Barack Obama, U2, Queen Elizabeth and Trinity College.
The company makes commercial ranges of jewellery for craft and gift outlets around Ireland and has won several awards including the Index Award at Showcase in 2004, 2005 and 2007.