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…

UKJA-collage

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!

Clogau Compose

Clogau Compose

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.

Wales Polo Collections

Wales Polo Collection

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.

Forget-Me-Not Pendant

Forget-Me-Not Pendant

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


 

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing above a mother’s love…

For mums with a heart of gold

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. Go on, you know she deserves it!

For mum’s with a heart of gold

What can we say that you don’t already know – your mum is obviously a mum-in-a-million and what better way to acknowledge this than with one of our beautiful gold heart pendants. You know her best so we’ll leave the choice to you. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking…

One of our most popular pendants of all, the Fairy locket; inspired by ancient tales of Welsh fairies, this 9ct yellow and rose gold Fairy locket is one of the most intricate and beautiful pieces we’ve ever created.

For mums who are a true romantic at heart, our Dwynwen pendant is perfect. Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of Friendship and Love. Three wishes, granted to Dwynwen by an Angel who visited her in a dream, are represented by the three points in this beautiful collection. The first wish restored her love, in the second, she asked God to meet the hopes and dreams of true lovers. The third wish was to devote the rest of her life in thanks for all she had been granted. The Angel also gave Dwynwen a potion to forget past hurt, symbolised by the shimmering opal at the centre of this beautifully handcrafted pendant.

Or perhaps for mums who really are at one with nature and appreciate its power and continuity, our Tree of Life cross pendant will make her smile. Our distinctive Tree of Life collection symbolises the evolution of nature, which Charles Darwin expressed as a metaphor he termed the Tree of Life. Here, a combination of berries, leaves and vines represent new life forms that intertwine and evolve from the old, creating ever more beautiful natural shapes.

We hope we have given you some useful Mother’s Day gift ideas. Head over to our website to see more of our unique jewellery that will truly make your mum smile this year!

There’s always a reason to Dathlu!

The most precious moments in life are made all the more meaningful when celebrated with a toast wishing love, luck and happiness. Life is a celebration and each celebration has its own significance – whether it’s a wedding, birthday, a special recognition of a loved one or to mark a magical moment shared.

From the Welsh meaning ‘to celebrate’ our brand new Dathlu collection is the perfect way to celebrate and commemorate every special occasion.

The design of the Dathlu collection is inspired by the bubbles of the popular celebratory tipple, champagne.

Dathlu pendant

Dathlu pendant

The bubbly, light-colored wine has historically been associated with luxury and the parties of the royal courts and aristocracy of Europe prior to 1789, where the expensive drink was viewed as a status symbol. And these stunning sterling silver and gold pieces set with glowing champagne quartz are most certainly a luxurious way to celebrate!

So just in case the Valentine’s Day and St David’s Day activities have taken up much of your attention, Mother’s Day will soon be upon us!

On the 30th March we will all be celebrating the wonder that our mothers are, and all they do for us so what better way than to show them our sincere gratitude than with one of our beautiful pieces of unique jewellery from the Dathlu collection.

Within the collection there is a pendant, bangle, ring, a set of earrings and a Milestones charm – a gift perfect for any mum, on any budget!

Take a look at our website for more Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Jewellery to add a Spring to your step…

At the beginning of February we very proudly launched 82 new pieces of unique jewellery into our Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

The 82 new items consist of 32 new pendants, 22 new rings, and 14 new pairs of earrings.

Here are some highlights from the new arrivals…

Fairy Pendant

Fairy Pendant

Fairy pendant
Inspired by ancient tales of Welsh fairies, this new locket features a beautiful silver fairy, enclosed within Tree of Life filigree vines.

Set within the 9ct rose gold vines is a touch of rare Welsh gold from Snowdonia. These elegant filigrees protect the fairy from harm in the most beautiful way.

Tree of Life rings
Three new rings within our most iconic and quintessential range, feature rose gold vines with rare Welsh gold, high quality diamonds, the finest 18ct white gold, sterling silver and white topaz.

Love Circles – a new collection
Capture your loved one’s name in a circle, a symbol of love and contentment, by engraving their name on the back of these beautiful diamond set pendants that each carry the beautiful Welsh sentiment, “Am Byth”, meaning forever.

Imperial Rose – made to order
Inspired by the ancient goddesses of love – Aphrodite and Venus – this exquisitely beautiful four-piece collection has been handcrafted from the finest 18ct white and rose gold.

Each piece is encrusted with numerous high quality sparkling diamonds – guaranteed to give the wearer a big “wow” factor.

Crown Princess Earrings

Crown Princess Earrings

Crown Princess – made to order
Expertly handcrafted using beautiful 18ct yellow, white and rose gold, the Crown Princess collection is stylish and sophisticated in equal measure.

Hundreds of high quality diamonds encase intricate filigree designs which proudly adorn several rubies and emeralds. The result is a jaw-droppingly elegant collection.

Head over to our website to have a look at some more of our brand new items!

Thinking of a Valentine’s proposal?

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The Prince asked the Princess to marry him, giving her a beautiful rose gold and diamond ring. On their wedding day they exchanged their bands, each containing a touch of rare Welsh gold of Royalty and inscribed with the word ‘Cariad’.

The most romantic day of the year is coming up, are you thinking of popping the question?

Engagements are a moment that many people dream about for a lifetime. Where will it happen? When? How? Most of all, the element of surprise.

Perhaps your engagement will take a playful turn, or you may pop the question in your favourite, most romantic setting where no frills are needed.

Although we are completely confident that you have thoroughly thought about the how, where, and the when, there may just be a couple of minor aspects that have skipped your mind….

Seek a Blessing

Traditional though it may sound, asking for the Father’s blessing can be very important to your wife-to-be.

Choosing the Ring

How much you choose to spend on the ring, obviously, is completely at your discretion. However, take note; this is THE most important piece of jewellery in a woman’s life that she will treasure forever, and equally will be the first thing her family and friends will ask to see when they hear the news!

Perhaps you would prefer to choose the ring yourself, or to choose a temporary object, and then you can both choose a ring together later on. If you choose the former, be prepared that she might want to pick out something different from what you have chosen – don’t be offended!

Finding the ring size – seems like a rather daunting prospect doesn’t it, all the sneaking around. Do not fret; you have a few options here. You can go down the sneaky route as we mention and choose a ring from her jewellery box and use our ring sizer app to find out it’s size. Or you could ask a close friend to play detective for the day and find out the size. Alternatively, if the secretive avenue is not your bag, ask for her ring size or ask her for a ring and measure it on our ring sizer app.  Needless to say the latter option is not very subtle!

Does she prefer yellow or white gold? Does she like classic or contemporary? A statement or demure piece? What cut of diamond is her favourite? So. Many. Questions. But don’t panic all questions can be answered by having a quick look in her jewellery box. Be confident, you know this lady better than anyone so have faith in your ability to choose the perfect ring, and what’s more if you have chosen it, this will make the ring all the more beautiful in her eyes.

On a side note, when buying your ring, don’t forget to ask what the returns policy is to check whether/how you can return the ring for an alternative style or size – just in case!

The Proposal

There are so many options these days to make your proposal quirky and different, but we are inclined to suggest taking a step back.

Think about your feelings for your wife/husband to be, think of your relationship and the moments you have shared that have led to this day. You may prefer an intimate proposal just involving the two of you, or an audience of your friends and family. Whatever you decide, honour your relationship and enjoy every second of this beautiful sentiment.

Good Luck!