Award winning local jewellery designer David Monson is hoping to carve out a new investment for his business when he enters the Dragon’s Den this Sunday Night.
Monson Irish Jewellery is an innovative craft business making unique pieces of jewellery from wood. Entrepreneur David Monson, a trained furniture designer had the inspiration to start the jewellery business when fitting a jewellery shop in Morocco.
David, from Ballyhaige in North Kerry says: ‘The idea came to me out of nowhere, I loved working with wood and I thought why not try my hand at carving unique pieces of jewellery from wood. When I got home and looked into it, it was something that was different from what is out there already.’
David is the latest entrepreneur from the Kingdom to face the Dragons and he’s hoping to build a partnership with at least one of the Dragon’s to take his business to the next level. The Dragons Den appearance comes on the back of Monson Jewellery winning the health beauty and fashion category in the Radio Kerry Business Awards.
David explained: ‘The pieces I design are drawn from Irish and Celtic culture. They are finely crafted and finished. Already I know that tourists and overseas visitors are buying these pieces to take home. What I was looking for from the Dragons was a way to help me drive things to the next level.’
And David’s unique range of wooden carved jewellery pieces are proving very popular on the home market as gifts friends or family abroad. Every piece is gift boxed, carrying the tag ‘love, loyalty and friendship’ ensuring close ties are kept with those close living abroad.
When asked how he fared in the Den, David remained tight lipped. ‘You’ll have to wait and see.’ But he did reveal that it was a ‘very interesting and educational experience.’
“Even talking to the Dragons gives you ideas. They approach things from their own perspective and it makes you think of different angles.’
He extended an open welcome to people to join him at showtime at 9:30 on Sunday 14th in the Earl of Desmond Hotel.
‘In these times if you can’t celebrate an appearance on television on the Dragons Den there’s something badly wrong. We hope a few people will drop in and join us for the craic.’
The Dragons Den airs at 9:30 on Sunday evening, 14th April.