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!

We are delighted to present exclusive designer jewellery collaboration, Tree of Life Eden

To celebrate the start of our 25th anniversary celebrations, Clogau have commissioned an exclusive jewellery collection, Tree of Life Eden, by Welsh designer, Sarah Jordan.

This exciting new collection encapsulates Clogau’s 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 collection.

Tree of Life Eden has evolved from our own iconic Tree of Life filigree, to which Sarah has given a fluid, organic, sculptural and evolutionary twist. All the pieces are modern, desirable and the essence of subtle designer luxury.

Sarah Jordan talks about the inspiration behind her designs:

The tactile and calming feelings the pieces evoke come from their very being – they are 3D forms, continuous and not repetitive in pattern – that draw the eye around each piece of jewellery providing a different perspective as the eye travels a different path every time.

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Tree of Life Eden will launch exclusively online on Friday 7th November.

Christmas at Clogau Cardiff

It has been a succession of celebrations for us this year – 25th anniversary celebrations began in August marked by the exciting Heritage campaign, launch of the bespoke engagement ring service Clogau Compose, and in mid-November we will celebrate one year since the opening of our first flagship store in Cardiff.

The milestone will be marked by a Christmas themed event in store where we will launch 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 we will host an evening of champagne and canapés for VIP customers, bloggers, press and friends.

Guest designer Sarah Jordan will be in attendance to discuss the exclusive jewellery collection, Tree of Life Eden, and share the inspirations and influences behind the unique collection.

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Our Christmas store display is inspired by the exclusive Christmas collection, Mistletoe Kisses, and the store, set with a beautiful archway of mistletoe, will be the most romantic place to be this Christmas. During the evening guests will have the opportunity to try the exclusive new collection and perhaps share a kiss or two underneath the mistletoe!

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Christmas at Clogau Cardiff, 13th November 2014, 6-8pm

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.
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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