“ Brand: Ortak / Type: Earrings „
Santa brought me a lovely pair of Ortak earrings at Christmas, really neat shaped like a leaf with pretty aquamarine enamel. I had heard of Ortak but now I know more, I am a bit ashamed that I knew so little about this Scottish company. As the shop is less than 30 minutes drive, I'll be going again soon I think! Described as "Spring leaves are beautifully encapsulated in these earrings are made from Silver and Aquamarine Enamel", the listing sums up the description very well. They are delicate, pretty and have a butterfly clip to fit onto the post and hold in place. The fitting is excellent and they feel secure, for people who only wear very thin studs or hook through earrings, the post is fairly sturdy so may take a little getting used to! I experienced a little discomfort in one ear the first time I wore them, but no problem since. They measure 1cm x 1.3cm. The suspense of finding out what was in my present was awful! I took off the gift wrapping paper, which revealed a classy black cardboard sleeve saying "Ortak" in white. I removed the sleeve to display a strong white cardboard box again with the name on it, removing the lid, I saw a white cloth lining and one side of the box opened out like a drawbridge for the hard black shiny box to slide out, which when opened revealed my earrings nestled into white leather. A lot of packing but you can be sure your gift is well protected. I had to check out the price and Santa paid £65. He's getting much better at buying presents in his old age! Back in the late sixties in Kirkwall , the main town of the Orkney islands the company started in a small fashion and has since grown, to have their own shops and has become one of the UK's leading designers and manufacturers of gold and silver jewellery. They believed then as they still do now that they needed to have innovative designs, good craftsmanship and provide value for money. Although modern technology has been adopted, the old skills still remain and are passed down to others, to produce beautiful jewellery. To obtain the finished product a lot of work goes into firstly the design and drawings, then a mould is created, and a wax replica is made, which is used in the casting to create an impression, into which the molten gold or silver is poured. When cool the article is then finished by polishing, adding fittings and settings. There are retail shops in several Scottish towns and cities and also in Sheffield and Newcastle. If you are not lucky enough to have an Ortak shop near you then you can buy online at http://www.ortak.co.uk The choice is immense and you can make searching easier by choosing a price, type of metal, jewellery type and stone. Gentlemen how about going online and buying your loved one something for February 14th! Postage is free on orders over £75.00 - the standard postage charge on orders under this value will be £3.00 and the service used will be 1st class post, but you can also upgrade to Special Delivery which costs £5.50. Postage prices are extra for international deliveries. There is a lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects, and if you buy online the goods can be returned in original packaging if unworn and full refund will be given, although the purchaser has to pay the postage unless there is a fault. Ortak has created some fantastic jewellery, I love the Rennie Mackintosh inspired jewellery, but there is so much to choose from I can't believe Santa was so clever in choosing my earring leaves, one of my best ever presents which match a silk scarf I was given perfectly. Clever Ortak and clever Santa!