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Authentic Sea Glass Jewellery

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Welcome to The Bijoux Magpie where each of our Sea Glass pieces of jewellery is an everyday reminder of seaside memories.

Whether it’s a cherished time with your family or a bracing walk with your dog along the beach, we could all use a reminder of the more important things in life.

All our Sea Glass jewellery is lovingly collected along the beaches of England’s North East coast, the source of some of the best Sea Glass in the world and comes with an authenticity card guaranteeing its origins.

Orange Marmalade & the Moody Blues…

Electric Blue & Ride the Waves…


Our new collection of stunning Sea Glass Marbles create a unique and quirky piece of jewellery, an ideal gift that’s sure to be a real talking point!

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All your jewellery is beautifully presented and available with our complimentary full gift wrapping service Each presentation box is carefully hand wrapped in simple, contemporary white Kraft paper and finished with a sumptuous black, pink or red satin ribbon and a gift card with an envelope.

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Complimentary Gift Wrapping

You can choose this option on the product page together with an option to add a personalised handwritten message to the gift card.

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Greetings Cards | The Perfect Way to Send a Little Love!

At The Bijoux Magpie we aim to make gifting our unique handcrafted jewellery easy and together with our Gift Wrapping Service the addition of a Personalised Luxury Greetings Card completes our gifting service perfectly. Whether you choose to have your gift delivered directly to the recipient or to your own address, we are confident you will love the convenience of this special service.

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Personalised Luxury Greetings Card – Mad About You ‘Super Hero’

Defined by Encyclopaedia Britannica as “an illustrated message that expresses, either seriously or humorously, affection, good will’ gratitude, sympathy, or other sentiments.”  Birthdays, Christmas, Easter, Births, marriages, retirements and deaths, Anniversaries, Graduations, Mother’s Day, Fathers Day and Valentines Day. Even in these days of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the sending of a thoughtfully chosen and written card remains for many the sincerest way of showing someone close that they are significant, they matter, and we want to share the emotion of the moment.

The exchange of illustrated greetings amongst friends dates back thousands of years to the Chinese and the Egyptians, the latter of whom exchanged symbolic presents such as scent bottles and scarabs inscribed “au ab nab” or “all good luck”. The Romans also exchanged Strenae, originally branches of laurel or olive, which may have been coated with gold leaf.

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Personalised Luxury Greetings Card – You are Lovely

Forward to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Europe, when master wood engravers produced labour-intensive and prohibitively expensive inscribed prints with the same objective as today’s Christmas and New Year cards. In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries copperplate engravers produced prints and calendars for the New Year, and greetings by organisation, merchants and tradesmen were common.

It was Sir Henry Cole, a multi-talented publisher, designer and writer, who is credited with two undertakings that gave birth to the greetings card as it is known in the twenty first century. In 1840 he was instrumental in revamping the postal system and creating the first self-adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black. Then, in 1843, Cole was just too busy to write Christmas greeting cards for his friends and family; it was the custom then to hand write each one individually. Cole hired London artist John Calcott Horsley to design a card for him. It was a triptych, a three-panelled picture hinged vertically, with scenes on the side panels depicting the charitable essence of the season and in the centre the message, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year To You” under a colourful drawing of a celebrating family. Horsley made one thousand lithographic copies of the card and hand coloured each one himself. Those that Cole did not himself send were sold in his Bond Street art shop.

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Personalised Luxury Greetings Card – You are Lovely

According to a report, UK Greeting Card Market Report, published in September 2017 by the Greeting Card Association, the UK market is now worth £1.75 billion, excluding the sales of box sets. The desire to mark events, share sympathy or joy, express love and devotion in a meaningful and thoughtful way remains constant.

The selection of Luxury Greeting Cards from The Bijoux Magpie allow for the celebration and expression of sentiments with the enhancement of personalisation.

Handcrafted by The Bijoux Magpie from premium quality 300gsm Silkweave White textured folded card that has a subtle ‘raw silk’ like embossing on the outside.

Beautifully finished with a coordinating 100gms Silkweave White softly textured paper insert.

The paper insert features a smaller version of the front cover image on its bottom right hand corner.

Each card arrives with a matching white presentation envelope and protected by a clear sleeve.

All our cards are embellished with Genuine Swarovski Crystals.

Why not add a magical surprise to your card by including an enchanting Magic Butterfly® Flying out of your card at just the right moment to the delight of your unsuspecting recipient.

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Magic Butterfly®

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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Valentine’s Day Wednesday 14th February | Gift Guide

Valentine’s Day is known for being the most romantic day of the year and gives us the opportunity to show our desire for our loved ones by giving cards and gifts.

Find the perfect romantic gift from our collections of Unique and Limited Edition jewellery designs in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide including bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings and cufflinks.

From Venice with Love!

Whether it’s a gift for someone special in your life or a well deserved treat for yourself, our wonderfully romantic Venetian Murano Glass Heart Necklaces are an excellent choice.

Match our Venetian Murano Glass Heart Necklaces with our luxurious Venetian Murano Glass Earrings.

From Russia with Love!

Solid Sterling Silver Triple Russian Bangle
Faith, Hope and Love

Symbolising the pledge of fidelity and love for eternity, our luxurious Triple Russian Bangles are both a classic and modern choice for Valentine’s Day.

You can also enjoy The Bijoux Magpie gifting experience!

We can wrap your gift, personalise a luxury greetings card and even send your gift directly to the recipient.

All your jewellery is beautifully presented and available with our complimentary full gift wrapping service. Each presentation box is carefully hand wrapped in simple, contemporary white Kraft paper and finished with a sumptuous black, pink or red satin ribbon and a gift card with an envelope.

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Complimentary Gift Wrapping

You can choose this option on the product page together with an option to add a personalised handwritten message to the gift card.

The Bijoux Magpie also offers a Luxury Gift Wrapping Service.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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Christmas Gift Guide | Treat Someone Special!

Find the Perfect Gift for Your Loved One with our Exclusive ‘One Of A Kind’ Designs

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Welcome to The Bijoux Magpie Christmas Gift Guide, where you’ll find ideas and inspiration that can’t be found anywhere else.

You can also enjoy The Bijoux Magpie gifting experience!

We can wrap your gift, personalise a greetings card and even send your gift directly to the recipient.

If your loved one loves jewellery, discover our unusual and sometimes quirky jewellery gifts that they don’t already own.

Christmas Gifts Under £30

Christmas Gifts Under £50

Christmas Gifts Under £100

 

Christmas Gifts For Girls

From our Angel & Lottie for Girls Collection, individual handcrafted jewellery beautifully finished in Sterling Silver and designed especially for girls.

Angel & Lottie for Girls can also be personalised making each piece of this girly jewellery even more.

Christmas Gifts For Him

Sure to delight, solid silver cufflinks handcrafted from a Bombay Sapphire Gin Bottle or lampwork glass with a distinctive dragon scale pattern.

Complimentary Gift Wrapping

All your jewellery is beautifully presented and available with our complimentary full gift wrapping service. Each presentation box is carefully hand wrapped in simple, contemporary white Kraft paper and finished with a sumptuous black, pink or red satin ribbon and a gift card with an envelope. Our Angel & Lottie for Girls Collection also has the option of a lilac ribbon.
You can choose this option on the product page together with an option to add a personalised handwritten message to the gift card.
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Complimentary Gift Wrapping

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Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood

Complimented Beautifully by Gemstones, Beads and Classic Sterling Silver

Sandalwood!

Just the word conjures up images of tropical beeches with trees swaying in balmy warm breezes, natives in exotic Eastern costumes and jewellery, and finely carved traditional ornaments and caskets. It is the woody, sweet and distinctive smell of Sandalwood whose essential oils are used in incense, perfume, cosmetics and aftershave that produces this effect and transports us to romantic oriental places. This oil is also easily blended with other aromatic oils, which makes it such a versatile part of the perfumer’s array of scents.

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Sandalwood grows throughout southeast Asia and on the islands of the Pacific Ocean. The most common of the ten species, and the most commercially valuable, is Santalum album. The Sandalwood tree grows to a height of about ten to fifteen metres after thirty years and reaches full maturity in fifty or sixty years. It is actually partially parasitic on the roots of other plants, such as bamboo. When young the wood is white and becomes yellow and orange with maturity.

The sandalwood oil is contained in both the tree and its roots, and is obtained using a steam distillation process. The trees are never felled but are uprooted during the rainy season when they contain more of the precious aromatic oil.

As well as its cosmetic and perfumery uses, Sandalwood oil has been used since ancient times for a number of medicinal purposes, from treating dry skin conditions to helping relieve stomach troubles. It also has amazing calming, mind enhancing properties, hence its favoured use in incense to help in meditation. Powdered Sandalwood is used in the paste applied to make Brahman caste marks.

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Keshi Pearl and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet
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Citrine and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet

Sandalwood has been carved by craftsmen for centuries, made into containers or ornaments, and into beads which are incorporated into religious jewellery such as the Mala, a chain of 108 beads used in eastern religions to keep count of mantras, or prayers, as they are offered up to deities. The smell of the wood aids the meditative process of the ceremony. Sandalwood bead jewellery is also very popular when it is incorporated into designs as bangles, bracelets or necklaces, the soothing aroma released from the beads providing a counterbalance to today’s pressures and pace of life.

Genuine Sandalwood comes only from Santalum album species, and it may be called East India Sandalwood or even white sandalwood. You may be offered other colours of Sandalwood, such as Red or Green, which may carry similar smells but are not genuine and truly from the Sandalwood tree.

The Bijoux Magpie has carefully sourced the beads used in our Friendship Bracelets and Necklaces to ensure their authenticity and that they originate from renewable sources.

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Citrine and Aromatic Indian White Sandalwood Tassel Necklace

Our collection of Sandalwood jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Citrine and Aromatic Sandalwood Tassel Necklace, Sasha and stunning Keshi Pearl and Aromatic Sandalwood Slider Bracelet, Riya.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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Happy Birthday November!

Citrine, Our Favourite November Birthstone

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The autumnal oranges and golds of leaves falling off trees in November reflect perfectly the most popular colours found in Citrine, colours that are said to be a gift from the sun. The name of this gemstone is derived from “citrin”; in French the word for lemon.

The birthstones for November are Citrine and Topaz, which may often be mistaken for each other but whose origins are distinct. If you are celebrating your birthday this month then you share it with David Schwimmer, Richard Burton, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jodie Foster.

Citrine is a form of quartz whose yellow hues are derived from the traces of iron that it contains. Most Citrine is sourced from Brazil, and other suppliers are in Spain, Bolivia, France, Russia, Madagascar and the United States (Colorado, North Carolina and California specifically). The source of the gem produces its own distinctive colour and hue.

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Faceted Citrine Gemstone Drop Hoop Earrings

Citrine has been found in jewellery from ancient times; in Egyptian talismans, from the Greeks who carved rock crystal ornaments from larger pieces, and the Romans’ jewellery and intaglio work, where an image or profile is carved into one surface of gemstones often set in signet rings. Citrine was used in Art Deco pieces between the two world wars when stones were set into highly decorative and prized pieces worn by Hollywood stars such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford; the stone’s hardness makes it durable when carved into large cabochons.

Citrine has been called the “healing quartz” because of its supposed ability to comfort, sooth and calm the wearer, releasing any negative feelings, sparking the imagination, and bringing new beginnings. It is also known as “the merchant’s stone” because of its ability to attract wealth and prosperity.

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Citrine and Aromatic White Sandalwood Tassel Necklace

True, genuine, Citrine as a natural occurrence in nature is relatively rare and its abundance now comes as a result of the discovery that other quartz rocks such as purple amethyst and smoky quartz can be heat treated to artificially produce gems that resemble Citrine, but originate from far less expensive sources.

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Citrine and Aromatic White Sandalwood Slider Bracelet

Like all the other materials used in the singular, original jewellery designs of The Bijoux Magpie, the gemstones used to produce the pieces newly available have been created from true Citrine, not heat treated artificial replicas.

Our collection of Citrine jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Citrine and Aromatic Sandalwood Tassel Necklace, Sasha and stunning Faceted Citrine Gemstone Drop Hoop Earrings, Aurelia.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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With Love From Venice!

Murano Glass, Crafted by Artisans and Lovingly Incorporated into our Stunning Jewellery

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Murano Glass Hearts

Glass bead production dates back to Egyptian times and then to the Romans. The first references to Venetian glass production are found from the ninth century when the work of phial and bottle makers was recorded. The skills and raw materials were imported from Eastern Mediterranean countries, primarily Syria, and through the middle ages were important in Venetian trading with Mediterranean and African countries.

Initially found throughout Venice, the industry was relocated to Murano by order of the Venetian Great Council, partly for safety reasons as the furnaces in which the glass was worked were a threat to the city’s mainly wooden construction, but also to keep the developing techniques of the craftsmen away from the prying eyes of competitors. A decisive factor in the development of Murano as a key glass manufacturer was the invention in the fourteenth century of clear glass by Angelo Barovier; glass became for the first time transparent, pure and like rock crystal.

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries many new types of glass and glass production were invented. Iced glass with a rough external surface, translucent glass produced by immersing the hot, unfinished piece in cold water, and possibly the best known of all, filigree. Invented in 1527 by Filippo Catani della Sirena, filigree is made by incorporating glass rods with thin threads of white milk glass or coloured glass into the crystal in different ways in either parallel or interwoven bands. Highly complex in manufacture, this glass remains a popular form in the twenty first century.

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Darkest Ruby Red Murano Glass Heart

The production of Murano glass beads goes back to the fourteenth century when they were used to trade with countries in the African, American and Indian continents. Murano beads can be either conteria – seed beads, rosetta – chevron beads, or a lume – lamp-worked beads. Seed beads are monochrome, tiny and produced on a large scale from thin hollow glass rods and are used in embroidery and for decoration. Chevron beads are made of hollow rods with several multi-coloured layers and lamp-worked beads are made by heating a rod of solid glass over a flame or lume as the molten glass drips onto a metal wire that is continually rotated, creating an infinity of variations in effects and colours.

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Black Diamond Murano Glass Heart

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the importance and production of Murano glass declined as a result of French occupation and then transfer to the Hapsburg Empire in 1814 when Austria brought the Venetian Republic to an end. However, through the latter half of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century Murano glass production has seen an exciting renaissance. Replication and reproduction of old designs and techniques have given way to new techniques, artisan restrictions to new artistic freedoms so that Murano Glass is once more at the forefront of an imaginative and creative art form that is carefully selected by The Bijoux Magpie for incorporating in jewellery that displays all of its unique variation of form and colour.

Our collection of Venetian Murano Glass jewellery can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our gorgeous Deepest Ruby Red Heart, Rhiannon and stunning Black Diamond heart, Freya.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service for a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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From Russia with Love!

Luxury and Simplicity | Solid Silver Triple Russian Bangles and Rings

Here at The Bijoux Magpie we love the wonderful meanings behind our Triple Russian Bangles and Rings and hope you enjoy reading about the significance of this gorgeous jewellery.

The Trinity Ring is a popular design for contemporary jewellery, with rings and bangles being common forms. It is strongly associated with Russian marriage ceremonies and “Russian Rings” is a term often used for the concept, symbolising the pledge of fidelity and love for eternity.

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Faith, Hope and Love

However, the triple rings pattern has origins that date back beyond the familiar Celtic symbolism when it was known as a “triquetra”, from the Latin for three cornered, or Celtic knot. Found throughout Celtic culture, the Triple Ring was associated with mother goddesses, symbolising the meeting of earth, ocean and sky and was developed in Ireland around the seventh century. The Norman invasion saw a decline in Celtic artwork in general and it was not until the mid-nineteenth century and the so-called “Celtic Revival” that more instances of Celtic knotwork were once more reproduced and regularly used.

The central belief in Christianity is the triumvirate nature of God, the Holy Trinity of God the Father, His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Occasionally the Trinity Knot may be enclosed within a circle in order to emphasise unity or eternity.

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Traditional Russian wedding jewellery includes a plain gold ring and a Russian Triple Ring. Selecting a triple ring can have special meaning for a couple celebrating their marriage within the Russian culture and its rich heritage. The wedding ring is usually worn on the right-hand ring finger, as in many Orthodox Christian and Catholic countries, after the priest has placed it on the right hand to follow the betrothal service based on biblical passages.

In 1924 Louis Cartier created one of the most famous modern interpretations of the Triple Ring when he designed a piece composed of three bands of gold using pink, yellow and white metal. These colours symbolise the unity of love, fidelity and friendship and may differ from the original traditional rings but still carry the values of everlasting love.

With such a long and rich tradition of diverse meanings and uses, it is little wonder that the Triple Ring form of jewellery has been assigned a multitude of new contemporary uses and significances.

It may be used to celebrate ancient Celtic and Irish culture, to represent the hope for eternal love or to convey a desire for longevity by representing an uninterrupted life cycle. It may also be used to define the stages of a woman’s life: youth, motherhood and old age.

In short, whether in the form of a finger ring or a wrist bangle, the Triple Ring is a versatile gift representing an individual but instantly recognisable pledge from one to another.

Our collection of solid sterling silver bangles can be found at The Bijoux Magpie including our truly indulgent Triple Russian Bangle, Anastasia and our Russian Wedding Band, Annushka.

Our Gift Wrapping Service is all part of your buying experience at The Bijoux Magpie and you can choose our complimentary service or our luxury service at a small extra cost.

All our jewellery is available with Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders.

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The Bijoux Magpie wins Theo Paphitis’s Small Business Sunday (SBS)

Ribble Valley based The Bijoux Magpie gets a Twitter Boost from Theo Paphitis

We are delighted to have received a business boost from Retail Entrepreneur Theo Paphitis, best known for appearing on Dragon’s Den on BBC2.

On Sunday 2nd July I tweeted Theo about my handcrafted jewellery business during ‘Small Business Sunday’.

On Monday evening at 8pm, Theo reviews all the entries and chooses his favourite lucky six who are then re-tweeted. This week The Bijoux Magpie  was one of the six weekly winners to gain a retweet by Theo.

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The weekly initiative, set up by Theo in 2010, now has nearly 2000 #SBS winners and supports small businesses in the UK. Business and retail entrepreneur and self-confessed Shopkeeper, Theo re‐tweeted my message to his 500,000+ followers and as a result, The Bijoux Magpie has more followers and orders for our individual pieces of jewellery which are designed to make you stop, look twice and think.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to generate great PR for my business and I am looking forward to promoting my #SBS win. I will update you soon!

I would recommend any small business to enter and here’s how;

Visit Small Business Sunday for more information.

Good Luck!

Catherine J Davies | The Bijoux Magpie Limited

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The Magic of Cufflinks!

Originally the preserve of the rich and famous because they were fashioned by jewellers, the industrial revolution introduced mass-produced products whose price made them more accessible. But by the 1960’s shirt manufacturers were producing shirts with sleeve buttons already sewn on and once more cufflinks became a sign of status and stature. However, after a brief decline, cufflinks in a multitude of shapes, sizes and colours are enjoying a renaissance amongst both men’s and women’s couture as subtle, or not so subtle, fashion statements.

Navigate to the Silver Cufflink pages of The Bijoux Magpie and there you will be forced to choose between intricate Artisan Lampwork Glass Cufflinks and bold, colourful Bombay Sapphire Cufflinks, all with robust Sterling Silver toggles that ensure they will survive everyday wear and tear and sparkle at the most auspicious celebrations.

 

 

Distilled in Hampshire in the UK, Bombay Sapphire Gin traces its origins back to a recipe that was first recorded in 1761. The iconic signature bottle is made of a striking blue glass, which, when illuminated in the appropriate manner, can give the impression that the liquid within is glowing. The name of the product, and the subsequent choice of this colour for the glass bottle was inspired by the 182-carat gemstone Star of Bombay, which was discovered in Sri Lanka and given to Mary Pickford, the silent movie star, by her then-husband, Douglas Fairbanks.

The Bijoux Magpie’s Bombay Sapphire Cufflinks incorporate Glasswork Beads that have been fashioned from Bombay Sapphire gin bottles using traditional Lampwork techniques, giving them the stunning blue colour, each pair totally unique but equally gorgeous, making your purchase all the more exclusive.

 

They are supplied perfectly packaged in a beautiful black gloss wooden gift box with an information card and you can choose one of their full Gift-Wrapping services for that extra special touch. Also on offer is Free Standard Delivery on all UK orders, with a 3-5 working days promise.

Great to be included this month in Intouch Rugby|Rugby & Lifestyle Magazine; Father’s Day Gift Guide.

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