Clogau Celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday

On 21st April 2016, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 90th birthday in Windsor with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. Festivities around the globe will take place to mark this special occasion.

Here at Clogau, we acknowledge and embrace our Welsh and British Royal roots which are at the heart of everything we do. Welsh gold is extremely rare and has been used by Royalty since 1911. Within every piece of Clogau jewellery is a touch of Welsh gold taken from the St David’s Gold Mine in Snowdonia, North Wales. This is the very same rare Welsh gold as used by Royalty, creating an esteemed association with the British Royal Family.

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To celebrate the birthday of our longest reigning monarch, we have launched a limited edition piece, containing rare Welsh gold. This beautiful 9ct ingot style pendant, is lovingly hand-crafted, featuring a beautiful diamond set motif inspired by the Tudor Rose, the plant badge for England.

This stunning pendant, containing rare Welsh gold is limited to just 90 pieces – an heirloom for future generations to come.

This exquisite piece is available online only.

See the Tudor Rose Diamond Ingot Pendant on the Clogau website.

Internationally Renowned Professional Golfer Amy Boulden Becomes Clogau Brand Ambassador

Clogau is pleased to announce an exciting new collaboration with Welsh Professional Golfer and Ladies European Tour player, Amy Boulden.

Growing up in North Wales, Amy played full time amateur golf for Wales for many years, before ending her amateur career on a high in helping the Welsh team win the Home Internationals and being named BBC Young Sportswoman of the Year.

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Managing Director for Clogau, Ben Roberts said:

We are thrilled to be working with Amy who, like Clogau, is passionate about the culture and landscape of Wales, and dedicated to high standards of excellence. This is an exciting time for both Amy and Clogau, and I’m looking forward to the projects we have as a partnership in the future”.  

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Amy commented:

“I am very excited to be working with Clogau, a growing business so proud of its Welsh roots. I’m looking forward to what will be a great partnership”.

Amy has been rising through the women’s ranks since she turned professional in September 2013. Her first season on the Ladies European Tour proved to be extremely successful with three finishes in the top five which enabled Amy to finish 18th in the Order Of Merit.

Clogau identified in London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’

Clogau has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses.

To be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers. More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com.

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Clogau is a second generation family business based in Wales who are proud to continue a long tradition of creating jewellery that is expertly hand-crafted and uniquely designed, containing rare Welsh gold – staying true to their Welsh roots and celebrating their Royal connections.

The Clogau brand was founded in 1989 with just five pieces of jewellery and a handful of Welsh retailers. Over 26 years later, Clogau has firmly established itself as a nationally-renowned brand that is sold worldwide in leading jewellery stores, on-line and on some of the world’s best airlines.

Clogau Managing Director, Ben Roberts commented: “Clogau, alongside the other businesses in the list, is identified as exceeding sector averages for compound annual growth, in addition to spearheading innovation and creating new jobs within our field. We’re delighted to be recognised as a ‘Business to Inspire Britain’ and particularly proud to be one of the 25 chosen from Wales.”

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Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said: “High growth SMEs are the driving force behind the UK economy, developing the skills, jobs and growth we need. But ambition alone is not enough; their success must be highlighted and their growth properly supported with appropriate finance. That’s why today’s event is so important: demonstrating the strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies to support these inspiring businesses.

“Today’s celebration is fundamental to London Stock Exchange’s core, the need to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and create an entrepreneurship revolution.”

Writing in the publication, The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP said: “UK high-growth businesses are leading the charge in rebuilding our economy. These companies are the backbone of the British economy. They create high-quality, well paid jobs, innovate and drive economic growth. This government fully understands the need to support ambitious entrepreneurs and ensure they can access the finance they need to grow.

“We have held the steadfast belief that –alongside deficit reduction – nurturing entrepreneurs, creating jobs, supporting hard-working families and keeping taxes low would get the UK economy back on track. Our measures to increase access to finance for business and encourage more investment have had a transformative effect on our economy.”

A full searchable database of all of the companies along with a downloadable pdf of the publication can be found online at www.1000companies.com

Clogau launch second UK flagship store and third Outlet

Following the success of our first flagship store in the Welsh capital and our Outlet stores in Cheshire Oaks and Bridgend, we are proud to announce the opening of a second store in the UK capital city which opened on Wednesday 28th October and third Outlet in the West Midlands which will open its doors in early November.gfonne-high-0053-web

Recently crowned Jewellery Brand of the Year at this year’s UK Jewellery Awards, we are thrilled to be a part of Westfield, London offering the ultimate shopping experience with over 300 designer and high street labels under one stunning roof.

Westfield London is rated the number one shopping centre in the UK and is in the top five tourist shopping destinations in London. The Village was the first luxury offer inside a shopping centre in the UK and has proved popular, attracting over 100 million visitors since opening in 2008. Thus, embarking on this exciting relationship with Westfield London will undoubtedly strengthen the brands growing UK profile and status to international partners and consumers.

Clogau are excited to begin a new chapter of our brand development and taking a significant step into expanding our footprint in London. The brand new store will offer a wide range of current product lines while celebrating their wonderful connection to the British Royal family with their royal-inspired collections, in association with Historic Royal Palaces.

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In May 2015, Resorts World Birmingham welcomed His Royal Highness, the Duke of Kent. Clogau are excited to be a part of the first large scale outlet shopping venue, Resorts World and to begin a new chapter of their brand development in the West Midlands, offering a wide range of discounted and exclusive product lines.

Ben Roberts, Managing Director at Clogau talks about the two store openings:

With three stores already in the UK and a recent concentration on replicating this in China where we now have five stores, we find ourselves in a position where the footprint in the UK, especially the Capital city, needs to be strengthened.

The London and Birmingham stores whilst exciting couldn’t be more different. Westfield London is a flagship store and Resorts World Birmingham is an outlet store. Both have their place in our existing offering but for different reasons. Nevertheless, it’s exciting to see the brand growing in this way.

A collection to remember

Happily gracing the rocky gardens of Wales, the Welsh Poppy bright and delicate has provided the inspiration for Clogau’s special Autumnal collection.

The Clogau Welsh Poppy collection captures the beauty of the iconic flower with its elegantly curved petals and sparkling black diamonds and rubies and adorned with glowing rose gold containing rare Welsh gold.

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The collection provides an emblem of rememberance, dedication and appreciation for those who sacrifice themselves for the lives of the ones they love. Clogau are proud to support the Welsh charity, HTW Support who assist veterans to cope with life after the forces and helping families across Wales with emotional support as well as practical support. £10 of each Clogau Welsh Poppy piece sold will be donated to HTW Support.

Carol Richards from HTW Support talks about the association with Clogau:

As a Welsh Armed Forces Charity helping our ex servicemen and women, HTW Support is pleased and proud to be sponsored by Clogau.

The donations received from sales of Clogau’s beautiful Welsh Poppy range will directly support those Veterans who are suffering and enhance their quality of life.

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The Clogau Welsh Poppy collection will launch Friday 25th September 2015.

Clogau’s UK Brand Manager chosen for jewellery industry’s Hot 100

Sonia Menezes, Global Brand Manager for Clogau, has been chosen as one of the 2015 Professional Jeweller Hot 100 – an industry accolade that celebrates the work of 100 leading movers and shakers in the UK jewellery industry.

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Menezes, who was named Brand Champion, was credited with developing Clogau’s jewellery collections, creating brand campaigns, expanding work with QVC and continuing to set goals for the business and its staff. Sonia, who joined the team five years ago, is known in the industry for her smiley demeanour and never-give-up attitude.

Clogau, ‘Brand of the Year’ winner at this year’s UK Jewellery Awards, is known for designing jewellery that captures the hearts and imaginations of jewellery lovers far and wide. With collections ranging from rings and pendants to charm bracelets and earrings, every piece created over the past 25 years contains rare Welsh gold mined directly from the Snowdonia mountains.

Describing her achievements this year, Sonia said: “Our 2015 collections have been our most successful by far. I’m delighted with the reaction from trade and consumer press, our retailers and direct customers. Every person within the business is committed to making Clogau a success.”

She was praised by Professional Jeweller magazine, the UK’s foremost business title for the jewellery industry, for her confidence when it came to the huge challenge of growing Clogau’s brand appeal beyond the Welsh borders and for her unwavering cheerful nature.

Welsh businessman completes the longest civilian abseil in history

Clogau Chairman and North Wales based entrepreneur, Bill Roberts, has conquered a major feet in the name of charity as he took part in the recent City Three Peaks event in London.

The event saw intrepid adventurers, philanthropists and business leaders abseil down 3 of the UKs most iconic buildings:  The Gherkin, The Cheesegrater and The Walkie Talkie.  The amazing 1,916 foot abseil is the longest civilian abseil ever undertaken in history and it is the first time all three of these buildings have been officially involved in this sort of challenge.

Bill joins an even more elite group as he was only one of four people taking part who had also completed the historic ‘Descent of The Shard” in 2012 during which time he raised over £27,000 for the charity.

Roberts said: “It wasn’t your average Monday!  It was one heck of an experience and all in the name of charity.”

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Being Chairman of a globally renowned Health & Safety Software firm, Safety Media, Roberts was especially keen to keep an eye on the technical side making sure everything was up to scratch and all training was taken seriously.

He went on to comment: “At the tender age of 71 I did not dream I would be able to achieve so much for such a worthy charity but in the spirit of The Outward Bound Trust it just goes to show what you can achieve if you give it a go and believe in yourself.”

More than simply a thrill seeking exercise Bill has a target of raising over £100,000 for The Outward Bound Trust which is a charity that seeks to improve the lives and opportunities of thousands of young people across the UK.  Together with the other courageous fundraisers the event is set to raise over £4 million for The Outward Bound Trust, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

If you would like to contribute all donations are gratefully received and can be made via: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/billroberts25.

Sparkle, statement and organic simplicity encapsulates Clogau’s Autumn & Winter ’15 collections

From the irresistibly captivating Peacock Throne, to the sumptuous Ar Dân, to the natural filigrees adorning the Tree of Life Pearl, Clogau celebrate a creative and individualistic style for Autumn and Winter 2015. The brand new pieces launching by the award winning brand this August bring a natural but glamorous twist to any outfit while also appealing to all budgets.

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The Peacock Throne, one of the most splendorous thrones ever made was ascended by silver steps and stood on golden feet set with jewels; and it was backed by representations of two open peacocks’ tails, gilded, enameled, and inset with the famous Koh-i-noor  & Akbar Shah diamonds, Samarian Spinel, and many other exquisite stones. The sublime 18ct yellow gold collection is inspired by the famous golden throne and celebrates the opulence of the precious gemstones providing truly unique pieces of fine jewellery.

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Tree of Life Pearl

The beauty and allure of pearls have across centuries and cultures long been associated with wealth, royalty and glamour and define this collection as an heirloom that will be treasured by generations to come. Over time, pearls have become symbols of purity and innocence and these, when combined with our distinctive Tree of Life filigree create classic and highly desirable pieces of jewellery.

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Ar Dân

Lustrous white chalcedony, intense red rhodalite and glowing blue topaz are cradled by sublime yellow, rose and white golds. The inspiration for this dramatic and elegant collection derives from the phrase Ar Dân, Welsh for ablaze or on fire. The Ar Dân collection of occasion jewellery is seductively accented with sparkling white diamonds – guaranteed to add that perfect touch of glamour.

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Affinity Stacking Rings

True to its definition, the inherent likeness and seamless connection between the interlocking heart designs in this collection, offer the opportunity to re-design your look to reflect your outfit and your mood. Our Affinity collection is a nod to the symbiotic relationship we have with our past and how we learn from it to adapt for our future.

 

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All of the new pieces are available on our website now!

 

 

Clogau win big at UK Jewellery Awards 2015

A spectacular night for iconic Welsh gold jewellery brand as they walk away with not one, but two awards at last night’s UK Jewellery Awards.

Held at the Tower of London, the awards were attended by almost 700 guests and we were thrilled to have been a part of such a fabulous evening.

The UKJAs are the only awards for the jewellery industry, that are judged by the industry and it is safe to say the competition in all categories, especially Brand and Bridal Collection, was extremely tough, making us very proud of our achievements.

Clogau, who are currently celebrating their 25th anniversary and marking the milestone with its most exciting brand campaign to date, Heritage, are truly delighted to be at the top of the bill for brand and their exquisite new bridal concept Clogau Compose.

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The jewellery brand who celebrate their unique Welsh heritage and esteemed connection with the British Royal family could not be happier to receive such accolades at such a significant milestone in their history.

The exquisite Clogau Compose bridal collection combines Clogau’s inspiring brand heritage with the consumers desire to create their own bespoke diamond ring that is handcrafted by Clogau.

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Clogau would like to take this opportunity to thank the team, our retailers at home and overseas, our international partners, and of course our loyal customers for their continued support.

Congratulations once again to all finalists and winners at this year’s UK Jewellery Awards.

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!