Hilser Bros Jewellers, a family owned business, was established in 1860 by Richard Hilser, who emigrated from Germany to Cork. Richard’s son was very young when his father died and when he came of age he opened his own shop in the Grand Parade situated between the two gates of the English Market.
In 1902 the Cork International Industrial Exhibition was held in what is now known as Fitzgerald’s Park and Henry showcased handmade clocks from his mother’s family’s factory in the Black Forest, two of which still remain in the family. The exhibition was visited by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and the certificate that Hilser Bros received for taking part hangs proudly in the boardroom today. It was wonderful to have their daughter Queen Elizabeth II outside the shop in May this year during her visit to Cork.
Henry Hilser also opened a shop in Bandon, and was followed into the business by three of his five daughters, Mary, Ursula and Rita. Rita left the business when she married but Mary and Ursula remained in the business until they were joined by their nephew Harry. Both Mary and Ursula are still remembered by our customers today.
Harry trained as a watchmaker in Switzerland after studying jewellery in the Cork School of Art. In 1962, Harry doubled the size of the original shop in the Grand Parade when he took over the adjoining tobacconists. His daughter Miriam, fifth generation of the family, has since entered the business. Miriam is a registered valuer and both Harry and Miriam are past presidents of the Retail Jewellers of Ireland.
Offering one of the largest selections of engagement ring in Cork, Hilser Bros specialises in manufacturing its own diamonds rings. Its diamonds are sourced directly from Antwerp, the diamond capitol of the world, and settings and mounts are selected from suppliers worldwide to offer customers the most up to date styles. Hilser Bros carries a wide range of jewellery from modern silver beads to classical pearls and diamond-set pieces.
The store’s watch collection includes Raymond Weil, Michel Herbelin, Seiko, Citizen, and fashion brands Police, D & G, Karen Millen and Converse. It also stocks a varied selection of gifts, from pens and leather goods to silver frames and gifts, Waterford and Galway crystal and also Genesis bronze figurines. There is also a large range of clocks and barometers to choose from including tra