Christmas 2017 – Last Posting Dates by Royal Mail

International Last Posting Dates
Christmas 2017

International Standard and all International Tracking and Signature services

Saturday 2 December
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Wednesday 6 December
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(except Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia)

Thursday 7 December
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Saturday 9 December
Australia, Greece, New Zealand

Wednesday 13 December
Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland

Thursday 14 December
Canada, Finland, Sweden, USA

Friday 15 December
Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal,
Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia,
Spain, Switzerland

Saturday 16 December
Belgium, France, Ireland, Luxembourg

UK Last Posting Dates
Christmas 2017

UK Business Contract Services

Tuesday 19 December
Royal Mail 48®

Wednesday 20 December
Royal Mail Tracked 48®
Royal Mail 24®

Thursday 21 December
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Royal Mail Tracked 24®

Friday 22 December
Royal Mail Special Delivery
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Over 30 Stylish Celtic Cufflinks in Sterling Silver

We’ve had a busy time with family this summer – it’s been great getting out and about and catching up with everyone!  Starting to feel a little elderly now as we can’t keep up with the pace as well as we used to.  We’ve visited some interesting places including Dumfries House (just outside Cumnock) and we got as far south as the Hexham area – it was fantastic too.

Hexham Abbey Window
Inside Hexham Abbey

But now it’s time to think forward to our online shop – and getting organised for Christmas.  Oh, dear, this year did go by in a flash.

We’ve got a great selection of Scottish sterling silver cufflinks which make a great gift, either for Christmas or birthdays. Although men are more casually dressed, there are still times when smart attire is de rigueur – weddings, interviews, formal business meetings, for example.  (We love it when we see smartly dressed men and long for the return to the snazzy suits worn by the film stars of the 1940s and 50s …. sad but true)

Celtic Cufflinks - rectangular shape
Oran Mor – Silver Celtic Cufflinks

These cufflinks are solid and feature a Celtic interlace design.  Discounts are available if you order more than one set.

Corporate Gifts

Little did we think when we went into semi-retirement that we would be asked to fulfill a corporate gifts order – however, we’re definitely up for a challenge, especially when it means that we get to promote Scottish craftsmen and women.  In all, we commissioned work from half a dozen of Scotland’s best silversmiths for an order which had to be delivered in January 2016.  It all went to plan, although we were a little anxious to get the products made and back from the Edinburgh Assay Office in time for delivery.

Celtic silver and leather bracelet
Three Nornes Silver and Leather Bracelet

We would love to talk to you if you are interested in sourcing Scottish gifts or jewellery for your DMC event – we can be contacted on 07955 450739.

In addition, over the years we have built up some great relationships with gift and jewellery companies so we would be happy to search out that perfect gift for your event.  Please challenge us!

Black Friday Deals – Part 2

Ok – here’s the second product which is eligible for a 20% discount for Black Friday.  These beautiful gold Celtic earrings are made in Scotland and hallmarked in Edinburgh.  They are fitted with gold hook earrings and this gives them an extremely elegant look!

Mhorain Celtic Gold Earrings
9ct gold Celtic Earrings with Hook Fittings

Here’s another view of the earrings

BLACK FRIDAY is the code to get your 20% off at the checkout 🙂  https://www.macgillivrays.co.uk/mhorain-gold-earrings.html

#blackfriday #celtic_gold_earrings

Celtic Dance at an Irish Wedding – what a lovely thing to do.

Some of the best weddings we’ve attended have had something special happen – either because there was a live band playing or because someone arranged something unexpected.  We didn’t attend this wedding but the video on youtube has captured the moment when the guests, bride and groom (I believe!) put on a display of traditional Irish dance for the guests.

I just love this!

If you love all things Celtic, we invite you to check out our range of Celtic silver or gold jewellery

Celts – Art and Identity

Opening at the British Museum in London on the 24th September is a major exhibition which will examine the full history of Celtic art and identity.

  • Many objects provide clues to and raise questions about Celtic identity.
  • From the depths of the River Thames come magnificent Iron Age treasures such as the Waterloo helmet and Battersea shield.
  • Roman jewellery, early medieval manuscripts and crosses, a Liberty tea set and even a modern football shirt tell a constantly evolving British and Irish story.
  • Major loans, such as the spectacular Gundestrup cauldron, reveal profound cultural connections across Europe.

24 September 2015 – 31 January 2016

Opening times

Saturday – Thursday 10.00–17.30
Friday 10.00–20.30
Last entry 80 minutes before closing

Tickets for adults cost £16.50 – under 16 and you get in free.

The exhibition moves to Edinburgh in March 2016.

A touch of the Thistle about us!

Silver heavy court wedding ring with thistle motif
Silver heavy court wedding ring with thistle motif

It’s not often we get to spend time helping the wedding party to get ready – but just occasionally we’re allowed a wee peek behind the scenes!  This is a photo of the groom’s ring having had it’s final polish before going to the ceremony tomorrow ….  I’m sure it’s going to make it in time.

This lovely silver thistle ring is available in a full range of sizes – if you would like this for your own wedding, please allow approximately 7-10 working days for manufacture, hallmarking and delivery.

The perfect system?

I had it all set up – the perfect place to take photographs of products as I add them on to our site. The pictures were easy to edit to make the mugs, leather goods, etc, stand out against a white background. It’s taken me years to find something which really suited the way I work. I even use my iPhone for the photography because it has inbuilt features that let me edit it easily and quickly before it transfers to my pc.

I have been using a second-hand jewellery display cabinet as my light box because it came already fitted with sparkly white LED lights and cool-white fluorescent tubes diffused behind a white acrylic filter.  The whole thing worked really well until the transformer for the LED lights stopped working and one of the cool white fluorescent tubes started strobing.  Aaaargh – now I’m going to have to spend some time finding the spare parts because it looks as if it was a custom design and getting the bits and pieces isn’t going to be easy.  It’s definitely going to be worth it to find them, though, because, as I say, it was the perfect system!