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Covid-19 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have made some changes here at MacGillivray’s, so we wanted to let you know what is happening.

Our website is still open for you to browse and place your orders as usual.

Because many of our suppliers have made the decision to close their workshops to ensure the safety of staff and customers, it means that we will be unable to supply many products which were available to us by return of post . Consequently, we have been working hard to update our site so that we are currently only offering items that are in stock – but, with quite a big website, it’s not always possible to find every last product which we would have to buy in. It’s frustrating all round 🙁

Finished stock is available though so please still place your order or get in touch with us at margaret@macgillivrays.co.uk if you would like to check if we have a particular item available. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes but we hate disappointing you if we have to cancel an order.

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How many brooches should I wear?

Silver Celtic Brooch set with Blue Topaz

Silver Celtic Brooch set with Blue Topaz

It seems as if brooches are back – Lady Hale’s amazing spider brooch was an exclamation mark, showing the style and the power of a piece of jewellery pinned to a garment. It would seem that any style goes – and, for some, (think Georgio Armani) the more pieces pinned to a garment, the better! So, we’ve got some lovely silver brooches which would make beautiful Christmas gifts for 2019’s stylish lady.

silver luckenbooth brooch Sterling silver celtic cross brooch Silver Celtic Brooch

The three brooches here are some of our most popular designs; traditional, made in sterling silver and hallmarked in Edinburgh, they could be amazing, grouped together on a jacket or dress! We’d love to see your photo showing how you wear your brooch! Tag us on Instagram to let us see your Celtic style.

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Cherry Blossom
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A glorious Easter in Scotland

Cherry Blossom

Easter 2019 has been magnificent – the weather has been sunny and very warm. That has meant the beautiful scenery has been matched by stunning displays of cherry blossom and rhododendrons as well as spring bulbs on grass verges beside roads and in gardens.

Cherry blossom in Cardross

The Scotland’s Garden Scheme gives visitors the opportunity to explore gardens around Scotland – some of them only open a couple of times a year. “Scotland’s Gardens Scheme was founded in 1931 to raise money for the Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, to help support the Queen’s Nurses, before the creation of the National Health Service. Our charitable support has expanded over the years but our love of gardens has remained constant.” There are often plants for sale on the open days and people can be seen heading back to their cars with arms full of plants in everything from cardboard boxes to carrier bags and black bin liners.

Margaret MacGillivray visiting Kilarden, Rosneath
Cherry Blossom, Scotland

The Scotlands Garden Scheme raises a lot of money for charity. Most weekends of the year, it is possible to find a garden open – and I would highly recommend taking the opportunity to explore.

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Ask about different stones

Sterling Silver Celtic Cross Brooch
Sterling silver Celtic brooch set with amethyst
Silver Celtic Cross Brooch set with Amethyst

You’d love to buy a Celtic brooch in gold or sterling silver, but you’re looking for one set with a different precious or semi-precious stone? How often do you say to yourself, “I’d love to buy this for Auntie M but she only wears silver and turquoise!” Well, you know what, our silver and goldsmiths are versatile and we can request a quotation for you to supply a special piece of jewellery which is set with the gemstone of your choice. Sure, it might cost a little more than the standard offering and it will certainly take a few extra days for us to get it made for you. However, challenges like this are our bread and butter – we love it when our customers say that they’re looking for something unusual and don’t know how to got about obtaining it!

Silver Celtic Brooch set with Ruby
Sterling silver Celtic Cross Brooch – set with Ruby this time!

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Please just ask us 🙂 Don’t worry, we’ll be gentle with you and will let you know about costs and timescales as soon as possible.

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Treasures – a cozy offering today!

Border lambswool scarf

Anita Manning Colours - Calzeat Lambswool Scarf
Calzeat Scarf in Lambswool, made in Scotland

How often have you watched the exuberant Anita Manning on the BBC – wearing a funky, bright lambswool scarf? We’ve been selling this one for some time now and this is your opportunity to snap one up!

Use the code
Treasures
at the checkout to claim your 15% discount.

As the nights get shorter, the days seem to be colder – dank November days, snow and frost just around the corner – this cosy scarf will keep you nice and toasty!

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Samarkand – inspiration for our Treasures special offer

We know you love a deal and we’re offering a 15% discount on this set of six Samarkand mugs.  Created by Dunoon, these geometric designs are enhanced with 22ct gold leaf.

Use the code Treasures at checkout to claim your mugs to save £15.75 on the price of this lovely set.  This price includes delivery in the UK.  Overseas orders still carry postage charges, I’m afraid.

set of six samarkand mugs
Samarkand Mugs by Dunoon

The ancient city of Samarkand seems to have been a crucible of cultures and religions. An archaeological reserve in the north-east of Samarkand, known as Afrasiab, the site of the ancient city, contains numerous indications of a diverse medieval society. Excavations have revealed brilliant murals, whose fragments seem to illustrate a number of exotic scenes: a wedding procession, ambassadors bearing gifts, a diplomatic ceremony, and scenes from the royal hunt. Another shows a Chinese princess being conveyed across a river in a boat.

https://en.unesco.org/silkroad/content/samarkand