Engagement Rings: The Beautiful Clogau Compose Range, Part 3

Just in time for a Valentines Day proposal we have the final part of our series on the Clogau Compose Range. We featured parts 1 and 2 before Christmas which showed off some more of their beautiful engagement rings. Let’s hand you over to the fabulous Welsh based company one last time. Clogau-Compose-logoCompose_NewStack2015

A marriage proposal is the most significant moment in a couples life, a snapshot of a time that will be recalled for years to come and a commitment of love symbolized by one question and a ring!

This ring that we speak of must encapsulate you and your partner and the love you share the most unique way.

Rather conveniently, for a Valentine’s Day proposal, we have just launched three new designs to our Clogau Compose collection to replace three of our original designs.

Let us introduce to you, Valentina, Eleanor and Freya.

EleanorThe vivacious bride

Passionate about life and all that it encompasses, Eleanor is constantly looking for ways to infuse fun and a joy of life into any occasion. She is free-spirited yet devoted, tenacious and a pleasure to know. The shining light at every occasion, her sensual and captivating behaviour charms everyone around her.
Charming, exquisite, dazzling, devoted and captivating Eleanor

 FreyaThe bohemian bride

A contemporary twist on the timeless emotions that her name represents, Freya was the goddess of love and fertility in Scandinavian mythology. Overflowing with tenderness and romance, Freya unites the true bonds of love with her affectionate nature and enchanting personality.
Contemporary, loving, honest, elegant and refined Freya

 

ValentinaThe romantic bride

As romantic as the ancient custom of sending cards to sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, Valentina elegantly combines classical romance with contemporary style. Meaning ‘strong and healthy’, the diamond is supported by two Tree of Life filigree hearts which signify the joining together and support for each other in a committed relationship.
Compassionate, graceful, glamourous, radiant and charming Valentina on model

We hope you like our new designs and 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.

Thank you for joining us in our Cwtch the Bride blogging journey and to find out more about Clogau Compose go to https://www.clogau.co.uk/compose/

Engagement Rings: The Beautiful Clogau Compose Range, Part 2

Last week we introduced you to the Clogau Compose range, if you missed it then take a look here! These Engagement rings are beautiful and an incredible gift to open this christmas! Lets hand you back over to the fabulous Welsh based company, Clogau to tell you more about them. Clogau-Compose-logoCompose-rings-group (2)

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. Compose-rings-groupHer 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 Clogau Compose - Cecilia (2)

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. Clogau Compose - Cecilia

Viola – The Bohemian Bride Clogau Compose - Viola

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. Clogau Compose - Viola (2)

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/

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Cwtch the Bride only accepts sponsored posts from companies we think will be useful to you :) 

If you are in Cardiff in the run up to Christmas make sure you visit the Clogau Cardiff store and take a photo under the Clogau Mistletoe Archway- it’s the most romantic place to be this Christmas! Share your photos with the hashtag #ClogauKisses Mistleto Arch 1

Engagement Rings: The beautiful Clogau Compose Range

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Clogau Compose range today. These Engagement rings are beautiful and an incredible gift to open this christmas! Lets hand you over to the fabulous Welsh based company, Clogau to tell you all about them.

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Compose-rings-group (2)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 Clogau in 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 begins to reflect the romance and aspirational qualities that every bride dreams of.

Bella – The Romantic Bride

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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.

Capella – The Classic Bride

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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.

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.

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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/

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Cwtch the Bride only accepts sponsored posts from companies we think will be useful to you :) 




 

Alternative Engagement Rings

We know a few of you got engaged over the holidays, so SarahDIY bride Sarah is here with a guide to alternative engagement rings – in case a big sparkly diamond isn’t your cup of tea! :)

Ring shopping isn’t always as easy as it first appears. I remember being adament that I wanted  a princess cut diamond (that’s a square one for those not in the know), for years and years – but as soon as a tried one on I realised how stubby it made my fingers look. Similarly I thought solitaire diamonds were too boring and traditional, until I tried one on and thought “hrm, actually, this looks way better….”.

Not everyone knows what type of ring they want, and that’s okay! Some people don’t want to wear rings at all and some people want something a little less flashy than your traditional bling. Here at Cwtch we’re proud of the diversity of our readers, so I thought I’d put together a little round up of slightly more alternative engagement rings, for those people who don’t like or choose not to go with societal norms. After all, it would be boring if we were all the same, right? :)

Click on any photo to see a larger version and, where appropriate, a link to purchase it

Vintage rings

First up, the vintage rings! :) A lovely way of getting something unique, with a vintage ring you have the added bonus that you might get a wonderful story along with your new piece of jewellery, plus they tend to be a little cheaper – perfect if you’re on a tight budget or feel a little queasy at the idea of paying thousands for a ring.

Etsy is a great source for vintage engagement rings if you’re shopping online (you can even find some on eBay.) Alternatively pop into your local independent jewellery store – if they don’t have any they should at least be able to point you in the right direction :)

It doesn’t have to be a diamond

We say tradition shamition – if you don’t want a diamond (for ethical reasons perhaps) or simply don’t like the look of them that much then there are a wealth of other sparkles for you to choose from. Emeralds, sapphires, garnets – if everyone is different then why pigeonhole ourselves into only choosing one gemstone? :)

Plain & simple

 Don’t want a big sparkly thing at all? No problem! Your engagement ring doesn’t have to look like the stereotypical engagement ring to be an engagement ring, so if big gems aren’t your style try some of these alternatives instead.  You can get a sterling silver plain band for less than £7 if you’re not bothered about cost (and no one is saying you have to be! Your ring, your rules).

Of course if you do want a diamond but fancy something a little more subtle then this rose gold ring is a beautiful choice and uses an eco friendly diamond to boot! :)

Ethical choices

Speaking of eco friendly diamonds – it’s worth knowing where your diamond comes from before you hand over your credit card. Try and look for terms like eco friendly, ethical diamonds or green diamonds (not to be confused with the colour) as that should ensure that your diamond hasn’t come from a less than desirable place. You can even buy diamonds that have been grown in a lab now, as opposed to mined, with is a far more ethical choice! :)

Here are some of my favourites – Etsy has a great range of eco diamonds too (although a lot of them are based in the USA so don’t forget to factor postage costs into the equation if you decide to go down that route).

Would you choose an alternative engagement ring? Or did you go for something more traditional? :)

Love

Sarah