About Us

Richard Archer

The Archer family has been in the jewellery business in Ireland for over 200 years. William Foster Archer came to Cork in 1850. He was a jeweller and diamond-setter.

Fred Archer

He had three sons. Richard was manager of the Jewellery and Metalwork Department of Messrs. Wm. Egan & Sons. It was here that the famous Cork silver was produced. Foster and James Archer became engravers. James set up a class in the School of Art for Metalwork, Jewellery and Enamel. Under his tuition, all three were awarded honours in the City and Guilds of London examinations in jewellery and metalwork.

Richard's family have continued teaching jewellery and metalwork in the School of Art. On James' retirement, his nephew Fred was appointed to the position. Fred's brothers - Liam, Richard and Paddy - were all manufacturing jewellers. They had a very successful jewellery workshop for many years in Patrick's Street, Cork.

The firm of Fred Archer & Co., now managed by Aidan Archer, is located at 32 Grand Parade, Cork. Fred left us in 2001 and Aidan is continuing the jewellery tradition making handmade brooches, rings, religious medals, crosses and sports medals. They specialise in corporate gifts and also supply a wide range of enamel badges, lapel pins, tie tacs, key rings, golf markers and pitch repairs.