Charity & Sponsorship

The 737 Challenge – An Update

Since our last 737 Challenge blog was posted on 4th February, things have come a long way – we’ve officially revealed our exclusive jewellery collection and Richard has reached leg 4 out of 9 on his journey– Mount Kilimanjaro.

Here’s Richard at the summit of Aconcagua (leg 3 out of 9) on 5th February…

So, a huge “Well done” to Richard and the rest of the 737 team!

Our exclusive collection, created in support of the challenge and Marie Curie Cancer Care, was officially revealed at this month’s Spring Fair 2011. Talk of the collection reveal drew many visitors to the Clogau exhibition stand and we are happy to report that all were equally impressed with what we had to show them!

The official 737 Challenge collection features 9 fine pieces of unisex jewellery created in silver, rose gold and black enamel. Each piece in the collection features the 737 logo (or 737 in Roman numerals) and is inscribed with the proverb ‘The horizon is only the limit of our sight’ – the very same words which inspired Richard to take on this world-first feat.

20% of all sales made from the 737 Challenge collection will be donated to the challenge who aim to raise a massive £1 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care during its 7 month duration.

The jewellery pieces are now available to our dedicated Clogau stockists to pre-order and will be available to our general customers mid-March to early-April.

I can now happily reveal the 737 Challenge collection to you, the Clogau Blog reader…

Jewellery Occasions

Clogau’s new Friendship collection!

Friend (noun) – a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.

Clogau blog readers, I’m a little excited to introduce to you – our brand new Friendship collection of friendship bracelets…

Our take on the traditional concept of the friendship bracelet offers you a selection of 4 leather, silver, rose gold and enamel bracelets to choose from depending on the colour or personal message of your preference;

Red – Love
Pink – Cariad
White – Forever
Fuchsia – Am Byth

These bracelets make the perfect gift for the most important people in your life – your best friend, mother, sister, daughter or anyone who you just want to say “Thank You” to, and show your appreciation, for being such a good friend.

Choose your favorite friendship bracelet here.

Fashion Pearl Yellow Gold

Up and coming Jewellery Trends

The jewellery world is changing with each passing year. Because jewellery is bought by people who have specific tastes, there is always the possibility that jewellery trends will morph over the decades. So what are some of the up and coming trends at this time? What things are coming back into style and what things remain popular? Here are some of the emerging trends, though they certainly are not the only things that are popular among jewellery buyers at the current time.

The return of yellow gold
Over the last decade or so, many people had turned to white gold. They liked the look of white gold, since it was softer and was more similar to platinum. This was a nice choice, of course, but one had to expect that the classic would eventually make a return to popularity. It appears that yellow gold is poised to replace white gold as the most popular type of gold once again. More people are buying yellow gold for the wedding rings and for their other types of jewelry. For jewellery buyers who want to get on the trend train, yellow gold is truly where it’s at.

Dark pearls rule the day
While traditional yellow gold might be coming back into vogue, a more trendy type of pearl is becoming much more popular. Tahitian pearls have a dark, shiny appearance and they are larger than white pearls. Many women are turning to these since they can be worn with different outfits. While white pearls go great with most formal outfits, it is difficult to wear them with casual outfits. That is where Tahitian pearls come into play and it’s why so many people are purchasing them now. Necklaces, bracelets, and even rings are popular right now and figure to remain popular for an extended period of time.

Costume jewellery makes its mark
In today’s jewellery world, many people are turning to less expensive “costume” jewellery. Though this stuff is not “real” in any jewellery sense and it is not comprised of precious stones, it remains a popular choice. The reasoning behind this is really quite simple. These pieces are cheap, so people can afford to buy many different items. Likewise, the creativity of people making these items has been enhanced over the years. Today’s costume jewelry looks better than it has in the past, and that is why so many people are making their choice.


Spring Fair ’11 Update!

Hello from the NEC, Birmingham!

After a hectic 4 days, today is our second-to-last day at this year’s Spring Fair, and so far, it’s been our best exhibition to-date with visitors flocking to The Jewellery Show eager to see what Spring & Summer 2011 has to offer them!

Visitors to the Clogau stand have been wowed with 8 brand new collections to be launched in late March/early April including Awelon, Kensington and Lyra.

And guess what? Everyone loves them just as much as we do!

Catching the eyes of most passers-by have been the new diamond-adorned Am Byth additions. Not to mention our tastefully re-designed Royal Roses collection, probably one of our most high-end, contemporary, collections that we have ever created.

On Sunday, our 737 Challenge collection was officially launched in support of Richard Parks’ challenge which aims to raise £1 million for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The unisex collection of silver, rose gold and black enamel pieces went down a storm and the orders from our retail partners have been coming in thick and fast.

It’s the last day tomorrow (Thursday 10th Feb) so if you want to see these collections for yourself, you better hurry! Click here for more information on opening times of the show and directions to the NEC.

Charity & Sponsorship Clogau News

We’re an official sponsor of Richard Parks’ 737 Challenge!

Cast your mind back to December of last year and you may remember that we announced – very proudly I must say, that we are an official sponsor of Richard Parks’ 737 Challenge.

What is the 737 Challenge?

Okay, so, the 737 Challenge is a 7 month expedition to climb the 7 Summits, which are the highest mountain on each of the world’s continents, and venture the last degree to The South Pole and Geographic North Pole.

7 summits – 3 poles (The South Pole, The Geographic North Pole and the summit of Everest) – 7 months = 737

“Is he mad?!” I hear you cry.

Surprisingly…no. You may, or may not, know that Richard was once a Welsh international rugby player – following a career-ending shoulder injury in 2009 Richard found himself at an extreme low point in his life which was only worsened by the subsequent death of his beloved Grandmother.

During this desolate time, Richard became inspired by the achievements of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, a famous expeditionary, and was hungry to find a new venture which he could focus his emotional and physical energy on while helping a charity close to his and his family’s hearts – Marie Curie Cancer Care. Hence, the 737 Challenge was born.

What’s Clogau got to do with it?

As all true Clogau fan’s will know, we have a long-standing relationship with both Marie Curie and the Welsh Rugby Union. When we heard about this world first challenge (if Richard is successful – he will become the first person to have stood on the continental summits and all 3 poles in the same calendar year) and the chance to support it, we just couldn’t say no!

So we sat down and said, “Hey, let’s make some jewellery” and so, we did.

Our official unisex 9-piece 737 Challenge collection will be launched at this year’s Spring Fair on 6th-10th February. The collection consists of a bead charm, cufflinks, 2 pendants, 2 rings and 3 friendship bracelets which are all inscribed with the inspirational message “The horizon is only the limit of our sight”.

What’s more, to help Richard on his way to raise £1 million for Marie Curie, 20% of all sales of the collection will be donated to the charity.

Richard has already reached his third out of nine legs of the challenge. Visit the 737 Challenge website for more information on our association and the challenge as well as Richards progress;

Here are a small sample of photos from the challenge, more can be found on the website above…