Clogau support local Welsh ‘Miss International’ contestant, Victoria Tooby

Local to the origins of jewellery brand Clogau, Miss Tooby, of North Wales UK will compete in the prestigious beauty pageant at the HITEN Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, Tokyo, adorned in her favourite Clogau pieces.

This year is the start of Clogau’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, commemorating our Royal heritage and cultural legacy that spans the last century – and we are celebrating our heritage with our customers across the globe. Our brand presence in Japan has recently taken an exciting turn with Hotta Corporation partnership who plan to introduce the Clogau brand into two high end department stores in late October 2014. Making our involvement with this year’s Miss International final in Tokyo perfect timing!

Representing Wales and indeed the UK, Victoria will wear her favourite Clogau jewellery collection, Debutante, to embellish her outfits during the final in November. In addition to this Clogau have very proudly gifted an Eternal Love gold pendant, set with three stunning diamonds to the Miss International Foundation who fund international goodwill and world peace.

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While we celebrate our Heritage we acknowledge the cultural legacy of our customers around the globe with our exclusive new collections, we retain our definitive brand style which is seen as something valuable to pass down the generations –heirlooms with both a personal and cultural meaning and a permanent tie to Wales.

Clogau wish Victoria the very best of luck at the Miss International final on 11 November 2014.

Ben Roberts named Business Big Shot!

Our dynamic Managing Director, Ben Roberts makes Professional Jeweller Hot 100 Business Big Shots list 2014! Best 25th Anniversary gift and another reason to celebrate!

The fifth Professional Jeweller Hot 100 was revealed at a spectacular jewellery industry party at Freemasons’ Hall, London, on September 1, with over 800 guests celebrating the work of 100 key movers and shakers from the UK jewellery industry.

The evening is an annual celebration of 100 impressive individuals from the UK jewellery industry that have showcased innovation, business development and design skills over the past 12 months. The 100 are listed under five categories – Trendsetters, Retail Stars, Business Big Shots, Trailblazers and NexGems; the latter dedicated to new jewellery design talent based in the UK.

Our dedicated Brand Manager, Sonia Menezes and Sales Manager, Kevan Jenkinson accompanied Ben Roberts to the event on Monday night to a glittering evening hosted by Professional Jeweller editor Kathryn Bishop and The Company of Master Jewellers’ chief executive Willie Hamilton.

This year is the start of our 25th anniversary celebrations, commemorating the founding of Clogau Gold of Wales and all that has been achieved during this time, thus making Ben’s place in this year’s Hot 100 a fitting achievement and another wonderful reason to celebrate!

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Ben Roberts at Highclere Caste, location of Clogau’s Heritage campaign photoshoot.
Image credit: ITP / PROFESSIONAL JEWELLER HOT 100

Have you seen our brand new Autumn Winter collections yet?

To celebrate the start of our 25th anniversary celebrations, we would like to present to you three brand new collections and over thirty new items.  The exciting new collections and items encapsulate our 25th anniversary Heritage campaign, which commemorates the founding of Clogau and all that has been achieved during this time – and all that we hope to become in the future. Family sentiments, majestic filigree and Welsh gold are celebrated in this pivotal milestone campaign and exciting new collections.

Tree of Life Bow

The classical bow motif represented in these stylish pieces shares its familiarity with all ages and its heritage with the iconic Tree of Life design of natural intertwining vines and leaves, delicately combined. These elegant pieces of contemporary jewellery are the perfect accessory to complement any outfit for any occasion. Classic design never dates.

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Salacia

In ancient Roman mythology, Salacia was worshipped as the goddess of the sea. She was the wife and queen of Neptune, god of the sea. Salacia is represented as a beautiful nymph, crowned with seaweed, often depicted driving with Neptune in a pearl shell chariot drawn by dolphins and sea-horses. These beautiful, elegant sea creatures form the inspiration behind this divine collection.

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The Seven Princesses Historic Royal Palaces Charms

These new charms are based on the personal passions of the seven princesses, all former residents of Kensington Palace.  Every charm tells a story – from a love of the arts to aspirations of being in harmony with nature. Whatever your milestone, these new charms are a contemporary heirloom gift fit for any lucky Princess.

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All of our wonderful new collections and pieces that launched at the beginning of August are on our website, so come over and have a look! www.clogau.co.uk

Great things come from small beginnings…

This year is the start of our 25th anniversary celebrations, commemorating the founding of Clogau and all that has been achieved during this time. So to kick start the celebrations we organised a sponsored race night at Ffos Las Racecourse, Trimsaran, Llanelli.

The race night took place on Thursday 31st July – it was a fantastic afternoon of racing followed by a premier three-course meal at the Bridles Restaurant.

Our guests included some of our VIP customers, retailers, the Clogau team and some very special guests. Claire Jones, former royal harpist and Clogau Brand Ambassador played during the evening, Chairman and Captain of the Clogau Wales Polo team Harry Legge-Bourke and Ricky Cooper joined us, Welsh jewellery designer Sarah Jordan and guest were there, the fabulous milliner Robyn Coles and her husband attended, British Bridal Couture designer Stephanie Allin and Gerry Allin graced us with their presence, and ex Welsh Rugby Union star Derek Quinnell and his wife also joined in our celebrations!

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The evening was the perfect platform to also launch our brand new Autumn & Winter campaign; Heritage.

Great things come from small beginnings…

Family sentiments, majestic filigree and Welsh gold encapsulate Clogau’s 25th anniversary Heritage campaign. The Clogau story is still in its infancy although our Royal heritage and cultural legacy spans the last century.

Royalty and Welsh cultural heritage are at the heart of the Company’s past, present and future. Welsh gold was first used by the Royal family in the investiture regalia for Edward, Prince of Wales in 1911 and again in 1969 for HRH, Prince Charles. The investiture took place at Caernarfon Castle on the fringes of Snowdonia, home to the Clogau St David’s mine. This same rare Welsh gold has also been used to create wedding rings for some members of the Royal Family since 1923.

The ties between Caernarfon and Royalty remain to this day. Clogau decided to set the Heritage Campaign against the aristocratic backdrop of Highclere Castle, the home of the current Earl and Countess of Carnarvon. Highclere Castle is the setting for the world famous TV series Downton Abbey and is set in the same period that Clogau began.

Here are just some of the campaign shots taken at Highclere Castle…

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Find out more about our Heritage campaign and the Clogau story on our Facebook and Twitter pages! #25yearsofClogau

A sparkling evening at the UKJA’s

Dubbed the watch and jewellery industry Oscars, the UK Jewellery and Watch Awards took place last week at the magnificent Hilton, Park Lane.

It was set to be a sparkling evening with 500 of the industry’s members attending, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! It was a wonderful evening, presented by Channel 4′s Rick Edwards, recognising and rewarding the best retailers, brands and designers within our industry.

As headline sponsors of this year’s UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014 it was a great honour for Clogau to not only play a great part in the event this year, but to also be shortlisted for both Supplier of the Year and Brand of the Year. Unfortunately we came away empty handed this year, but our successors in both categories are very worthy winners. Jewellery Brand of the Year that was awarded to Coeur de Lion and Supplier of the Year went to Citizen Watch UK.

The Outstanding Contribution to the Industry went to a well-deserved Simon Rainer who chairs the BJA of which Clogau MD Ben Roberts is a member of the Board, so we are delighted for him.

A fantastic evening was had by all, and although we weren’t lucky enough to be awarded this year, we are certainly looking forward to next year following a very exciting 25th Anniversary campaign. Keep your eyes peeled!

Thank you to everyone at Retail Jeweller and UK Jewellery and Watch awards for your unprecedented hospitality.

Here are some of our favourite pictures from the evening…

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Perfection encapsulated for eternity

“Music is the expression of harmony in sound. Love is the expression of harmony in life.” Stephen F. Gaskin

When two hearts meet, when two melodies sing in harmony a beautiful composition evolves. Celebrate the love you share and the commitment you have with each other by composing your own bespoke engagement ring. The giving and receiving of a personal celebratory token, a commitment ring that you can compose together – is the ultimate expression of your love, hopes and dreams and a reflection on your life together, unified in a personal heirloom piece.

To tie in with our 25th anniversary celebrations, we are launching a bespoke engagement ring creator, Clogau Compose. The collection will be displayed at The Jewellery & Watch Show 2014 at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 18 – 19 June.

The Clogau Compose experience begins with hand-picking from a variety of options in the dedicated Point-of-Sale unit including; gold type (yellow or white), caratage (9ct and 18ct), style (currently a choice of six), plus diamond cut, colour and clarity. Customizing each element allows you to build a ring suitable to your style and budget. Seeing the elements put together captures dreams and wishes in a stunning composition – a perfect and original heirloom piece.

Clogau Compose captures a new and innovative way to choose and purchase engagement rings; from touching and trying a huge variety of styles in store, to working through the selection process on the web app.The rings sit alongside a built in iPad, which runs the app to complete the experience and allows you to order and email yourself your Clogau Compose engagement ring to share with friends and family. The Clogau Compose unit also hosts a selection of six complementary wedding rings so you can try your rings on together to complete your dream.

As a sneak peek of our brand new bespoke service we have installed one of the Clogau Compose units in our flagship store in Cardiff – giving you the perfect opportunity to have an exclusive look at the designs and experience the service before it is launched to the masses!

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Ben Roberts, our Managing Director talks about the inspiration behind Clogau Compose:

“The giving and receiving of a personal celebratory gift, a commitment ring that you can compose together – is the ultimate expression of your love and devotion. From a huge variety of diamonds, Clogau have hand-picked their best in terms of clarity, carat and price. The carefully selected diamond can then be setwithin a choice of band styles, gold colour, and caratage, offering endless composable possibilities for the customer at a price they are willing to pay. For these reasons, we are now able to offer to the market a fully composable solution at a more competitive price than we were previously able to do.”

Clogau are currently working with Holition, an award winning digital creative studio specialising in emerging technologies to deliver a new cutting edge app to enable potential Clogau Compose customers to engage with the various composable elements to make up their perfect and personal ring, whilst ensuring the end product is within their budget. Holition’s solution will bring audiences closer to our brand, connecting digital to retail by delivering memorable retail experiences online, in-store and through mobile.

Clogau Compose bespoke engagement ring creator will launch on 1st August.

We have been shortlisted!

The UK Watch and Jewellery awards have, for over 20 years, been the most prestigious awards event in the industry’s calendar.

As headline sponsors of this year’s UK Watch and Jewellery Awards 2014 we are thrilled to have been shortlisted for not one, but two fantastic categories; Jewellery Brand and Supplier of the Year. We understand that the quality of entries was better than ever this year so being shortlisted is a great achievement for us!

We are very excited to be sponsoring the awards this year, especially as it’s the start of our 25th anniversary celebrations. The awards recognise and reward the best retailers, brands and designers within our industry and we’re truly grateful for all the support we have received from UKJA over the years.

For a quarter of a century Clogau has been chosen to mark life’s most precious moments, acting as beautiful and lasting reminders of the precious moments that touch our lives, and we are thrilled to be celebrating our very own milestone this year, our 25th anniversary. This will be marked by one of our most exciting campaigns to date that perfectly reflects the spirit of the brands Royal heritage, growing international presence and style.

Clogau has come a long way from where it all began in 1989 with just five pieces of jewellery. We now have over 50 beautifully inspired collections sold all over the world. The story of Clogau continues to unfold, however our dedication to capturing beautiful Welsh gold in unique pieces of jewellery will always remain.

Thank you to all our loyal customers for your continued support, and we hope you all have your fingers crossed for us on the 2nd July for the final!

Good luck to all other shortlisted brands, retailers and designers and we look forward to seeing you at the London Hilton.

The Clogau Wales Polo Team are back for Wales’ most glamorous social event!

Following our very exciting news that we have signed another 3 year sponsorship agreement with the Wales Polo Team and Association, we are thrilled to be telling you about a fabulous upcoming event that we hope you will interested in hearing about!

The refined aesthetic of polo, a sport steeped in rich heritage and tradition is not only a key part of our brand DNA and reflects our ties to Wales and royalty, but has also inspired our stylish Wales Polo collection.

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As the official sponsor of the Wales Polo team, whose 1st patron is His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, we are delighted that one of the most glamorous events on Wales’ social calendar is back this summer.

Castell Polo presents The Celtic Cup that will take place within the historic grounds of Fonmon Castle on Sunday 8th June 2014, where Wales will take on Ireland to win the trophy in a day of professional fast-paced polo matches.

Ricky Cooper, captain of the Wales Polo Team said: “We haven’t played on home soil for over two years and we’re excited that Castell Polo are providing us with the opportunity to play in Wales, despite playing throughout the world in amazing places such as Argentina and Texas there’s no place like home!”

The prestigious event is the perfect occasion for anyone who is looking for a fun and sophisticated day – sit back, relax and enjoy delicious cocktails from Lab22′s stylish pop-up bar, and watch some exciting Polo matches!

The proceeding month we will be hosting an evening soirée in our new store in Cardiff to toast the team and wish them every success this season.

If you would like to support Wales polo team and enjoy a unique day out purchase hospitality or picnic tickets via www.castellpolo.co.uk

Blossom this Spring with our Forget-Me-Not collection

As a nod to our beautiful new collection we are celebrating the very best of Spring with our interpretation of the Forget-Me-Not blossom and the 5 joys of spring it represents.

Spring is…blossoming flowers

Since the early 15th century, forget-me-nots have been worn as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love. In the Victorian ‘Language of Flowers’ it is the blossom that represents true love. These beautiful yellow gold pieces are set with sparkling blue topaz, symbolising blossoming romance, love and affection. A stunning Springtime addition to any outfit and occasion.

A time to prosper

If you’re feeling fortunate or successful this Spring, this stunning Royal Clogau Tree of Life Diamond eternity ring brings together the purity of white gold with the raw, eye-catching appeal of rose gold.

Totalling 1.88ct, including 8 magnificent 5pt diamonds set in 18ct white and rose gold, this ring captures the essence of Royal Clogau, having been expertly handcrafted and looking both stylish and sophisticated.

Natural flourishes

The Butterfly pendant represents freedom, fun and natural beauty. Just like a butterfly, we are all unique and beautiful in our own way.

Providing a statement piece of jewellery that can be worn during both formal and informal occasions, the silver Butterfly pendant contains a touch of rare Welsh gold and is accented with sparkling topaz and peridots.

The season of hope

Intricately handcrafted, the Key Notes pendant features an elegant Tree of Life filigree design, representing life’s most beautiful and natural formations.

The sterling silver and 9ct rose gold Key Notes pendant can be opened up to reveal a hidden space in which a special message denoting love, hope and happiness can be stored.

With endless possibilities, the Key Notes pendant can be used to hold a proposal, birthday wishes or a memorable date, which can then be treasured forever.

A time to thrive

As ancient as the landscape itself, the presence of the Welsh breeze – or Awelon in Welsh, is revealed by the delicate motion of one of its ancient wooded ancestors, the trees.

The silver and rose gold Awelon ring is set with a sparkling peridot stone, inspired by the leaves of the trees.

 

Happiness is…

Last week saw people all over the world celebrate International Happiness Day, which got us thinking about what happiness is for us. So we thought we would share a few things in the hope that they will also make you smile and add a spring to your step.

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Happiness is…our brand new Forget-Me-Not collection. The contrast in colours and textures make for a gorgeous, striking collection. Since the early 15th century, forget-me-nots have been worn as a sign of faithfulness and enduring love. In the Victorian ‘Language of Flowers’ it is the blossom that represents true love. These beautiful yellow gold pieces are set with sparkling blue topaz, symbolising love and affection.

Happiness is…our Mother’s Day displays at our Cardiff store. The billowing trees and blossoming rose graphics really accentuate the femininity and evolutionary values of our unique jewellery. The displays also incorporate some of our and our customers’ favourite items such as the Fairy locket, the Dwynwen pendant, Kensington ring, and beautiful Childhood charms.

Happiness is…celebrating Mother’s Day. For the last couple of weeks we have been sharing some great gift ideas that you will love to give and your mum will love to receive. Whether you’re a mum, mum-to-be, step-mum or mother-in-law or simply love your mum-in-a-million, every mother deserves to be spoilt on Mother’s Day with a gift that shows her how much she is loved and appreciated. And it makes us extremely happy to be a part of that celebration!

Happiness is…the beginning of spring, the start of a new season, the blossoming of new buds, and new life evolving. Rooted in the heart of Wales we are surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and are spoiled with incredible scenes right at our doorstep, so we would like to share them with you! We have recently started posting photos on our Instagram account which is our story in photos. So if you would like to see some different photos of our jewellery, events and indeed stunning pictures of our welsh landscape then head over and have a look – http://instagram.com/clogaugold