Clogau Chairman faces the City Three Peaks challenge

Founder and Chairman of iconic Welsh jewellery brand; Bill Roberts will scale London’s most recognizable buildings in the name of charity.

Dubbed the most ambitious charity fundraising event in the history of the City of London; City Three Peaks will involve our very own Chairman along with over 30 other thrill-seekers abseiling down three iconic buildings to raise funds to help support 9-19 year olds access challenging and adventurous Outward Bound experiences.

The challenge, run by The Trust in association with The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity will provide yet another opportunity for Bill to take his next adventure following the success of The Descent of The Shard abseil in 2012!

“As Chairman of Safety Media and Clogau, I’m delighted to be involved in an exhilarating and unique opportunity to raise funds for a great cause, for a second time!

Some of the money raised will be used towards the Aberdovey centre here in North Wales, from which the very first Outward Bound course took place.” Bill Roberts

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This event is one of the first of its kind and as such the fundraising target Bill has set is a massive £100,000.

The event will take place on Monday 7 September 2015 and to support Bill and be part of this momentous occasion please visit:

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/billroberts25

To read more about the City Three Peaks and find out more about the people selected to take part please visit http://www.citythreepeaks.org/#home2

Good luck Bill!

Setting the scene for a summer at Clogau

Last week saw the unveiling of our Summer Celebration window displays at our flagship store in Cardiff, plus our Outlets at Cheshire Oaks and Bridgend.

For the past two seasons we have worked with D1 Design & Creative to create beautifully unique and impactful window displays for our stores. For summer 2015 the concept and brief was delicate and feminine, celebrating our wonderfully romantic collections and bridal pieces.

The focus of the Summer Celebration scheme was a ‘Summer at Downton Abbey’, taking inspiration from the costumes, colours, textures and patterns while tailoring it to complement our jewellery and Heritage campaign, which was of course shot on location at Highclere Castle, set of Downton Abbey.

Delicate elements such as pearls and lace to decorate the natural features of the leaves and trees were used to create an outdoor garden party feel; perfect to start the summer season!

Here is a snippet from our mood board that we created to support our Summer Celebration concept:

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We are thrilled with the results and a huge thank you to D1 Design & Creative for bringing our ideas and concepts to life!

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Pop into the Cardiff store or the Outlets as soon as possible to see the displays for yourself!

Clogau celebrate another milestone with 3rd Clogau boutique in China

Iconic welsh jewellery brand is proud to share another milestone of their success in Asia: the opening of the 3rd Clogau boutique in Qingdao, a major city in eastern Shandong province.

Qingdao is a beautiful seaside city and is considered as China’s most civilized city. The Clogau boutique is located in the prestigious Qingdao Mix City or MixC Mall, the largest MixC in China. The Clogau boutique covers 40m2 and is on the 2nd floor, with fantastic double-sided visibility and accessibility.

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The brand new MixC Mall opened on April 30th 2015 with a glorious celebration and a red-carpet event hosting China’s celebrities and international VIPs.

Clogau’s Chinese partners have played a crucial role in the development of the third Clogau China boutique which is set to be the finest of the three stores thus far.

To officially launch the opening of the boutique, the jewellery brand who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary, hosted a Downton Abbey themed party in honour of their current Heritage campaign.

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Clogau will continue to focus on its 9ct, 18ct gold and sterling silver portfolio in Qingdao. The store will hold current best-selling collections with particular emphasizes on those that celebrate their connection to British royal family that has traditionally included Welsh gold in their wedding bands.

When Ben went to Number 10…

To celebrate St David’s Day our MD Ben Roberts was thrilled to be invited by David Cameron to a reception at Number 10 a couple of weeks ago.

A fantastic evening was had celebrating all things Welsh from wonderful food and drink provided by our friends at Penderyn Whisky and Tiny Rebel Brewery, and an outstanding array of food prepared by Graham Tinsley, renowned chef at our favourite local restaurant Castle Hotel.

Entertainment came courtesy of Eschoir, a fantastic male voice choir, who wowed the guests with a number of classics.

It was an interesting group of guests from large and small businesses, academics, politicians and some glamorous celebrities!

Ben and indeed Clogau were very proud to have attended the reception and it was wonderful to see our friends Hamish and Jess from Halen Môn on the night too!

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Thank you Mr Cameron for your invitation!

Clogau blog with Cwtch the Bride – part 3!

Just in time for a Valentines Day proposal we have the final part of our series on the Cwtch the Bride blog. The blog is centered around our magical Clogau Compose range – head over to Cwtch the Bride to see the original post.

A marriage proposal is the most significant moment in a couples life, a snapshot of a time that will be recalled for years to come and a commitment of love symbolized by one question and a ring!

This ring that we speak of must encapsulate you and your partner and the love you share the most unique way.

Rather conveniently, for a Valentine’s Day proposal, we have just launched three new designs to our Clogau Compose collection to replace three of our original designs.

Let us introduce to you, Valentina, Eleanor and Freya.

Eleanor – The vivacious bride

Passionate about life and all that it encompasses, Eleanor is constantly looking for ways to infuse fun and a joy of life into any occasion. She is free-spirited yet devoted, tenacious and a pleasure to know. The shining light at every occasion, her sensual and captivating behaviour charms everyone around her.
Charming, exquisite, dazzling, devoted and captivating

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Freya – The bohemian bride

A contemporary twist on the timeless emotions that her name represents, Freya was the goddess of love and fertility in Scandinavian mythology. Overflowing with tenderness and romance, Freya unites the true bonds of love with her affectionate nature and enchanting personality.
Contemporary, loving, honest, elegant and refined

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Valentina – The romantic bride

As romantic as the ancient custom of sending cards to sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, Valentina elegantly combines classical romance with contemporary style. Meaning ‘strong and healthy’, the diamond is supported by two Tree of Life filigree hearts which signify the joining together and support for each other in a committed relationship.
Compassionate, graceful, glamourous, radiant and charming
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We hope you like our new designs and that their sentiments, styles and majestic connections will engage with you and inspire you to create your own dream ring that reflects all you mean to each other.

Thank you for joining us in our Cwtch the Bride blogging journey and to find out more about Clogau Compose go to https://www.clogau.co.uk/compose/

Jewellery and Watch Birmingham 2015

Ahead of this year’s very exciting Jewellery and Watch Birmingham, we thought we would quickly reminisce about what happened for Clogau in 2014 and the wonderful things ahead in 2015!

The sublime combination of family sentiments, majestic filigrees and rare Welsh gold embrace our unique heritage and iconic designs.

The Clogau brand was founded in 1989 with just five pieces of jewellery, over 25 years later we are celebrating with our customers across the globe with over 400 pieces of iconic jewellery all of which remain true to our roots.

2014 saw the start of our 25th anniversary year and our celebrations continue into 2015. The pivotal milestone has been marked by our most exciting campaign to date, Heritage. 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.

The Clogau story is still in its infancy although our royal heritage and cultural legacy spans the last century. Our background, families, relationships and emotions are all important elements that make up our heritage, and these remain of the utmost importance to Clogau and our customers.

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For Spring 2015 the floral trend is back and Clogau are at the very centre of it. From bold, eye-catching statement pieces to pretty, demure florals Clogau have it covered in their latest collections which include Orchid, Eternal Daffodil, Royal Roses and Forget Me Not.

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Also Clogau are proud to officially launch their exciting and promising new engagement and wedding ring venture, Clogau Compose, at Jewellery & Watch Birmingham this year. Following the soft launch of the bespoke engagement ring creator, in August we are also excited to announce three new diamond ring designs that will replace three of the original designs.

To find out more about the Clogau story our new collections, and Clogau Compose please come along and visit us in Hall 17, Stand Q28–R29. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Clogau blog with Cwtch the Bride – part 2!

We’re thrilled to announce that we have another blog on the wonderful Welsh bridal blog Cwtch the Bride! The blog is centered around our magical Clogau Compose range – head over to Cwtch the Bride to see the original post.

So if we said you can have an engagement ring that not only can you have a part in building, but is also set with exquisite diamonds, is quintessentially Clogau in design and contains rare Welsh gold – the same gold used in wedding rings of British royalty for decades – how would you feel? Pretty special right!

The first major link between Welsh Gold and the Royal family began in 1911 when Prince Edward I was officially invested as the Prince of Wales in a special ceremony at Caernarvon Castle on the fringes of Snowdonia, North Wales.

This very same rare Welsh gold has since been used to create wedding rings for some members of the Royal Family since 1923. This tradition was founded by The Queen Mother, then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, on her marriage to the Duke of York on 26 April 1923.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s wedding ring, from her marriage to The Duke of Edinburgh on 20 November 1947 is crafted from a nugget of pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David’s mine. Other members of the Royal Family to have Welsh gold wedding rings include Princess Anne (1973), the late Princess Diana (1981), Prince Charles (1981 & 2005) and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall (2005).

The tradition of using Welsh gold in the wedding rings of the British Royal family was carried into its 88th year with the most recent Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 29th April 2011. Catherine commissioned her wedding ring to be made from pure Welsh gold.

Now, it is your chance to feel like a Princess and without further ado, as promised, let us introduce two more of our truly sublime engagement ring designs and bride personalities.

Cecilia – the trendsetting bride

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Captivating and feminine, the trendsetting bride is always at the forefront of all that is happening. Romantic yet striking she leads the way in fashion and style. Her confidence and dramatic nature ensure her alluring personality shines through. 

Viola – The Bohemian Bride

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A natural free-spirit whose lifestyle and love of the world is infectious and resonates to her very core. She is joyful and enchanting and her company never fails to delight those who are lucky enough to share her passionate and charming joy for life. 

There are currently two more personalities to introduce to you. We hope that their sentiments, styles and majestic connections will engage with you and inspire you to create your own dream ring that reflects all you mean to each other.

We hope you will join us to meet our next two brides in the New Year!

To find out more about Clogau Compose go to https://www.clogau.co.uk/compose/

Clogau blog with Cwtch the Bride!

We’re thrilled to announce that we have a blog on the wonderful Welsh bridal blog Cwtch the Bride! The blog is centered around our magical Clogau Compose range – head over to Cwtch the Bride to see the original post.

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You have laughed together, cried together and you are the best of friends – fabulous times have been shared and memories have been made together with a lifetime of happiness and opportunity ahead of you both. How on earth will you find an engagement ring that captures the very essence and all the milestones in your relationship we hear you cry? Through creating a personal and bespoke Clogau Compose engagement ring together.

Our customers tell us that they love our style, the unique and rare connection to Wales through the gold used by Princes and Princesses and these are some of the reasons why they have been excited by composing their very own unique engagement ring.

The romantic ideals behind Compose let you play a role in composing a ring that is the ultimate expression of your love, hopes and dreams and a reflection on your life together – unified in a personal heirloom piece.

The inspirations behind the current range which comprises of six ring designs are from real life brides – they are all quintessentially Clogauin appearance and essence and complement our customers’ personalities – glamourous, bohemian, classic, modern, romantic and trendsetting.

Let us introduce two of our truly sublime engagement ring designs and bride personalities which we feel begin to reflect the romance and aspirational qualities that every bride dreams of.

Bella – the romantic bride

An eternal romantic who has always dreamt of the perfect fairytale wedding. She wears her heart on her sleeve and her presence is always dignified and graceful. She is passionate yet playful, exuberant yet sensitive and always elegantly composed.

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Capella – the classic bride

Preferring timeless elegance and embracing tradition whilst complementing this with her unique personality and style. She is both classic and classy, incorporating family traditions with her love of subtle luxury and aspirational vintage elegance. The brightest star in the sky.

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There are currently four more personalities that we’d like to introduce to you over the coming weeks. We hope that their sentiments, styles and aspirations will engage with you and inspire you to create your own dream ring that reflects all you mean to each other.

We hope you will join us to meet our next two brides in a couple of weeks!

To find out more about Clogau Compose go to https://www.clogau.co.uk/compose/

What part have you played in Clogau’s Heritage?

You may not have thought about this before but without you, our customers, Clogau would not be celebrating its’ 25th anniversary this year. Since we first started producing jewellery in 1989, we have tried to remain true to our roots and our customers wishes. Our jewellery always aspires to be a sublime combination of family sentiments, majestic filigrees and Welsh gold as we aim to embrace our unique heritage in our iconic designs which is what you tell us you would like to see when you contact us.

Whatever your social and cultural background, religious denomination, age, sex, creed or colour, if you have bought or been gifted a piece of Clogau jewellery then you are intrinsically bound and have played an irreplaceable part in our Heritage story. Have you ever thought about it in this way? Through your heirloom piece of Clogau you are have special connections to both Wales and Royalty…

But what is this ‘unique heritage’ we talk about and why does this make Clogau so special to those lucky enough to own a piece? What is so special about Welsh gold? What are ‘our roots’ and what does this have to do with Royalty and the photos you may have seen  of Highclere Castle, location of Downton Abbey?

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Let the story unfold…

In 1854, Mr Goodman, the original director of the Clogau copper mine accidently discovered gold. From that day on, the copper mine was given a rich new life with the first seam from the Clogau mine producing very beautiful and distinctive rose-coloured Welsh gold.

The first major link between Welsh Gold and the Royal family began on 13 July 1911 when Prince Edward I was officially invested as Prince of Wales in a special ceremony at Caernarfon Castle on the fringes of Snowdonia, North Wales.

The first official Prince of Wales, the infant future King Edward II, was born in Caernarfon Castle, and in 1911 the future Edward VIII was invested in the castle when he became Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles was also invested in the castle when he given the title on July 1st, 1969. There were more than 4,000 people in the grounds of Caernarfon Castle when the Queen handed the 20-year-old prince the insignia of the Prince of Wales. In the dry moat and outside the ancient walls of the castle were thousands more, along with yet more millions who watched it on television around the world.

So, what is the link between Welsh gold, Royalty and Highclere

On 13 July 1911, Prince Edward I was officially invested as the Prince of Wales in a special ceremony at Caernarfon Castle on the fringes of Snowdonia. The regalia used in the investiture of the Prince of Wales incorporated pure Welsh gold. Clogau decided to set the Heritage Campaign against the aristocratic backdrop of Highclere Castle, as it is the home of the current Earl and Countess of Carnarfon.

Where do Clogau get their gold from?

Our heritage evolved in the hills of Snowdonia when gold was found in the Clogau St David’s mine. This mine was the largest and richest of its kind. After many years mining, the gold veins became too rare and difficult to find, and the last train carrying Welsh gold from the Clogau mine clanked to a halt.

The Roberts family wanted to find a way to ensure that this very rare Welsh gold would be used to create heirloom jewellery of the highest quality, beauty and originality. The Clogau brand was founded in 1989 with just five pieces of jewellery and a handful of Welsh retailers. Over 25 years later, we are celebrating our heritage with our customers across the globe – with over 400 pieces of iconic jewellery.

Amongst the many reasons our customers purchase Clogau jewellery, with rare Welsh gold, is because it is seen as an heirloom with both a personal and cultural meaning and a permanent tie to Wales – something valuable to pass down the generations. It is our heritage that defines what we are, and provides the cornerstone for our future. Great things do come from small beginnings.

 

Clogau celebrate one year anniversary of Cardiff flagship store

It has been a succession of celebrations for iconic welsh gold jewellery brand this year – 25th anniversary celebrations began in August marked by the exciting Heritage campaign, launch of the bespoke engagement ring service Clogau Compose, and last week the company celebrated one year since the opening of their Cardiff flagship store.

The milestone was marked by a Christmas themed event in store where the brand launched exclusive designer jewellery collaboration, Tree of Life Eden by Welsh Designer Sarah Jordan, and brand new Christmas collection, Mistletoe Kisses

Following a hugely successful year in the Welsh capital’s St David’s Shopping Centre the brand hosted an evening of champagne and canapés for VIP customers, bloggers, press and friends.

Guest designer Sarah Jordan attended to discuss the exclusive jewellery collection, Tree of Life Eden, and share the inspirations and influences behind the unique collection. Plus Clogau’s dear friend and Brand Ambassador Claire Jones joined in the festivities!

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Clogau’s Christmas store display, inspired by the exclusive Christmas collection, Mistletoe Kisses, was also a special feature during the evening. Set with a beautiful archway of mistletoe, Clogau Cardiff really will be the most romantic place to be this Christmas!