Two retailers strike deal to be first Scottish Gold traders

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Retailers of the first refined batch of Scottish Gold for jewellery have been revealed as Scotland’s luxury jewellery house Hamilton & Inches and award-winning Orkney jewellery designer Sheila Fleet OBE.

Scottish Gold, from Cononish gold and silver mine near Tyndrum, will now be developed by the individual jewellers into their uniquely designed collections.

Once Scottish Gold from Scotgold Resources has been delivered to each jeweller, Hamilton & Inches and Sheila Fleet will make individual announcements of their plans for the design and retail of this most exclusive of precious metals from Scotland.

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Only the jewellery is stamped by Edinburgh Assay Office with the Scotgold Precious Metals Mark can be guaranteed as authentic gold from Scotgold.

Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops and an iconic customer showroom in the heart of Edinburgh.The company has three floors of workshops handcrafting fine jewellery and silver as holders of the Royal Warrant for 120 years, and Silversmiths and Clock Specialists to The Queen.

Hamilton & Inches’ chief executive, Stephen Paterson, said: “As jewellers for generations since 1866, Hamilton & Inches is proud to be chosen as a recipient of Scottish Gold. The utmost quality of craft and materials has always been at the heart of our story here at Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, and our reputation for responsible sourcing has stood firm through the years.

“The purest possible Scottish Gold has been entrusted to us in 22ct yellow and our fine jewellery designers and master craftspeople will bring the unique heritage of our jewellery house and our future vision for British luxury craft to inspire the most exceptional commissions and in-house designs.”

Fleet is one of Scotland’s leading jewellery designers, holding an OBE for her services to the jewellery industry and an Honorary Degree from Edinburgh College of Art for outstanding jewellery design .

Following the announcement, Fleet said: “Designing and making rings and jewellery with Scottish Gold will be amazing, like the icing on the cake for me after almost 50 years as a designer-maker, it makes my designs even more special for me and my customers. My journey from the early 1960s at Edinburgh Art College combined with my lapidary hobby gave me a lifelong interest in Scottish rocks and minerals. I have several rock structure sketches on my design board and I can’t wait to develop these into 18 carat Scottish Gold rings.”

“Everything will be made to order. We specialise in enamel colours and can offer a variety of reds, greens and blue-green colourways which look sumptuous on 18 carat yellow gold, particularly when laced with diamonds and other precious stones.”

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