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My name is Alyson and I have an addiction to Clogau thanks to a work colleague who showed me her beautiful silver and rose gold Milestones bracelet just before Christmas last year. As a result, my husband purchased one as my Christmas gift for 2012 and over the following months, I was fortunate to receive a number of beautiful charm beads.
Clogau, who are a Welsh brand, market the bracelet as a personal reminder of significant milestones that you reach in your life and as a result, they sell a wide range of charms to suit many special occasions. As I reached a milestone of twenty five years service with my current employer in May of this year, I was awarded with a gift card loaded with £250 and whilst I wanted to spend it on some items for our house, my husband was insistent that I used it for myself. Not one to argue (on this occasion, anyway), I decided to make a purchase of Clogau's Celtic Weave Bead Charm with this review discussing my thoughts.
I adore anything from the Celtic period and the moment I caught a glimpse of the charm I was totally smitten and knew that I wanted it on my bracelet. The circular charm bead weighs 3.6 grams and is fairly chunky due to its measurements of 10 mm in both width and diameter. The main section has been created in sterling silver with a touch of rare Welsh gold with the Celtic motif, which is displayed on the upper section being of 9 ct gold.
The charm was inspired by the Celtic period due to their inspiring art forms, naturalistic beliefs and warrior like spirits with the 9 ct gold being weaved in an eye catching pattern along the surface of the charm. A fair amount of gold has been used, which is obviously reflected in the price, which I will provide at the end of this review. The workmanship in this charm is simply first class and despite carefully studying it with a magnifying glass, I can find no imperfections, which is the case with each piece of Clogau jewellery that I own.
I don't think Clogau could have created this charm using a lesser amount of gold, as the Celtic weave pattern would have become "lost" in amongst the sterling silver. The charm is wider in its centre and it gently and very slightly tapers towards the sides where there is a sterling silver band, which displays the authenticity markings, as shown in the image above. The charm is easily threaded onto my bracelet through its centre and will move back and fore until the bracelet is filled, which would probably require approximately thirty charms in total.
I love the way in which the Celtic weave pattern catches the light and in combination with the sterling silver background it makes an eye-catching piece. Due to the design, dirt and dust can collect in between the weave pattern and whilst Clogau provide a soft cleaning cloth with each purchase, this is only effective for the sides of the charm. Consequently, I use a soft clean children's toothbrush to access the hard to reach areas although I've only needed to clean the charm on one occasion.
Due to the amount of gold that has been used, the charm retails at £149, which makes it one of the more pricier pieces, but it didn't cost me a penny as my employer paid for it with my gift card. I generally purchase my charms directly from the Clogau website, as directly after checking out I receive an email containing a unique code, which enables me to receive a £10 discount off my next order. However, I was unable to use my gift card on their website, so I made my purchase from Goldsmiths Jewellers on the high street.
Accompanying the charm will be a certificate of authenticity, which provides information on the Clogau brand and how their gold is mined. The certificate displays a unique number, which enables you to register your charm online.
I absolutely adore this charm and even more so because I didn't pay for it and due to the reasons discussed above, it receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.