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Lisburn jeweller to the Royals is closing after losing Midas touch

Jim Conlon
Gary McDonald Business Editor

INDEPENDENT Lisburn-based jewellery retailer Midas will close its doors within weeks after 41 years in the city.

The lease on the Bow Street property is expiring, and husband and wife owners Jim and Lynne Conlon say they have made the “very difficult” decision to close once all the stock has gone after a knock-down sale starting on Saturday.

Midas was established in Chapel Hill in 1976, and was taken over by the Conlons in 2006 when the couple returned from America.

The business has established a loyal client base from across all of Ireland, many of whom have become friends.

Jim said: “Deciding to close has been a very tough decision for myself and Lynne. We have loved the time spent running Midas and we're undoubtedly going to miss our customers and friends.

“Perhaps one of our most well-known customers was the Queen's eldest grandchild Peter Phillips.

"We worked with him when he chose his own wedding band and gifts for the bridesmaids and flower girls for his marriage to Autumn in May 2008. It was an honour to provide the ring for such a high-profile marriage, which took place in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.”

He added: “All of our stock, with prices ranging from £50 to £50,000, will be included in the sale including diamond jewellery, coloured gem stones, pearls, rings, bracelets, pendants, earrings and many high-quality watch brands.”

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