Jewellery Day is on its way


Clogau Daffodil HeartThis one will be the most memorable yet for me as it marks the debut of my very first jewellery design.

It's been a very long time in the planning, lots of meetings, sketching, ideas, back to the drawing board again and again, plenty of learning curves and massive support from the team involved. My heart is racing just at the thought of revealing it on Tuesday!

I'll be able to share the story with you during the show but I just wanted to give you a little background about it here first. Many of you know I have a deep love for Wales. It was a 'love at first sight' feeling. Every time I visit I feel it's a bit like going through the wardrobe in 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'. Magical. I've always loved languages and learning about their origins and the culture from which they hail. Wales, for me, is like opening up the biggest book of fairytales and legends and having song and poetry burst, living, from every page!

Ok, so I think you can see I have a passion for Wales and all of its beauty…this, combined with my love of art, design and jewellery, brought about a very emotional attachment to the Clogau jewellery collection. The quality is beautiful, the pieces are always weighty and polished to the highest gloss but they are also the future heirlooms for my family. The rarity of the Welsh gold from the Clogau gold mine makes it exceptionally collectible as there's only a finite supply currently mined and it's unknown if the mine will be reopened any time soon, or even how much gold would be left.

Pendant sketches 1I was beyond excited when I was first approached well over a year ago by Clogau and QVC about creating a piece for the collection. I understand very well how fiercely protective the Welsh are of their heritage and preserving it.

So, for me, with excitement came great responsibility to get it just right in terms of paying homage to the culture, the magic of Wales and the quality that jewellery collectors the world over have come to expect from Clogau.

I began sketching… little did I know that my first attempts, although nice to look at, would be extremely hard to manufacture. Also, they'd have been extremely expensive to produce and I wanted to make my piece accessible and not out of reach. So, gorgeous Clogau designer Samantha Roberts came from Wales to meet with me to help me put my ideas onto paper. Sam is a member of the family-run business and is a pleasure to work with.

Catherien & SamCatherine Clogau1

I explained the sentimentality behind the piece; that I wanted to incorporate a heart design, something which nods back to the infinity of Celtic designs but has its own softer side, and how art deco and/or art nouveau influences were important to me as I wanted to bring some of myself to the piece in terms of what I enjoy in artistry. Most important to me was bringing a daffodil into the design.

The daffodil is, of course, a tribute to the Welsh heritage of the brand and my way of paying respect to the country which has inspired me on so many levels. It also means a lot more to me on a very personal level. My father was the first man to ever give me flowers. They were a bunch of daffodils from his garden when I was a toddler. Ever since then I have adored them. They are sunny and bright. They hold the promise of springtime and new life and are strong against the, sometimes, cruel elements into which they emerge. A couple of years ago when the snow was really bad I spotted a little Marie Curie 'field of flowers'. The little hopeful buds were raising their heads to the skies even in those harsh conditions. I call them nature's optimists.

Catherine's Dad & TomCatherine and daffs

Above is my dad with my son Tom about 20 years go, and a toddly me with some daffs!

My father sadly passed away when I was in my mid-twenties but daffodils always make me think of him.


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A very dear friend of mine, Carol, lost her battle to cancer four years ago. The daffodils remind me of all the good work Marie Curie does for those who are struggling with the effects of cancer. Incorporating this majestic flower into the design meant a lot to me and I wanted it to resonate with others who may sometimes forget their own beauty and strength. Roses often steal the limelight yet those beautiful daffodils quietly stand, resilient against the odds, with radiant positivity perhaps showing us a valuable lesson. Keep strong, tackle what you face with hope in your heart and an unbending optimism that the future will be brighter.

Goodness me, I do get carried away…I hope you've managed to read this far! I really hope you like the design and can tune in to see it live with me on Tuesday at 9pm.

The whole day is about jewellery and we will be featuring lots of hot brands such as Lola Rose, Skagen and an amazing Links of London Today's special Value, and exciting new brand Bajalia. It's a day worth tuning in for as there will be some real treats and surprises for you.

You'll also be able to eavesdrop on myself and some of the other female presenters as we shared afternoon tea discussing jewellery. This was all filmed and here's a sneaky peek or two from behind the scenes. I ate soooo many little cakes! Oopsie!

Why I Buy 2Why I buy

So, whether you're window shopping or buying a special treat on Tuesday I hope you enjoy this jewellery day, as it's going to be glorious.

Lots of love,

Catherine xxx


  1. Julie June 27, 2014 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    I think it looks a lovely piece of jewellery you’ve designed. I have a number of pieces of Clogau. I totally agree with you about Wales but living there I’m bound to be biased!
    I’ll be watching this Tuesday. I also agree with what you say about the daffodil too.
    Julie x

  2. Joan Scott June 27, 2014 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Catherine, you have reduced me to tears with your story of the sentiment behind your design. It is beautiful and reflects your true inner beauty too.

  3. Diane gilbank June 28, 2014 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Hi catherine, just wanted to tell you how much your blog has moved me!! I know what a warm caring family person you are, so to read all of those wonderful ideas for your first jewellery pice was just lovely.
    I have always follows your time on qvc, as I remember your first ever show, and as the years have gone by felt I have come to know you. You are so friendly, caring and funny, I just really enjoy your company. also I know how much you love your jewellery. So wil be excited to tune in next week to see the unveiling of your finest work to date, and I hope see your sketches.
    Keep making me laugh!
    With much love diane xxx

  4. Helen Murphy June 28, 2014 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Catherine your pendant is just beautiful, I absolutely adore it and can’t wait for it to be on air on Tuesday. You are so lucky to have been able to do this. Next time do we get any cat influences lol!

  5. Donna Griffiths July 1, 2014 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Catherine it is absolutely beautiful I can’t wait to see it on air xxx

  6. Bammie (Ann-Marie Jones) July 1, 2014 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Dearest Catherine, the heartfelt and beautiful design of your first piece of Clogau jewellery is the epitome of the warmth and gentle charm that you reflect every time we see you on our TV screens. May it be the first of many pieces you bring us! With love from Bammie xxx

  7. Priscilla Aitken July 1, 2014 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Have just read the msgs. Haven’t seen your pendant ‘live ‘ yet, but it looks lovely. Although I am a Scot, I feel very much Welsh, I have 2 rings, They are of course beautiful, I’m sure I have Welsh blood running through my veins I get very absorbed & emotional when the Clogau shows are on.
    Tks Catherine, good luck with your pendant.
    Priscilla xxxx

  8. marjorie gregory July 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    hello catherine
    watched you on the clogue gold show,a lovely design you came up with and a great story about the daffodil and your late father.I lost my dad many years ago,and I wrote this poem about the daffodil,as this is when we lost him when the daffodil was coming out so I thought I would share it with you.
    it is spring again the daffodil is here
    they stay around for a while then they disappear
    if you were like a daffodil that comes once a year
    life would be so good in many ways
    there would be no more heart ache
    no more missing you because when the daffodil comes
    you will be coming too
    regards marjorie gregory

  9. sarah charitos July 1, 2014 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine. Just watched your Clogau presentation and your very own design piece is so beautiful. Enjoy watching every show you do as you have such a gentleness about you and your voice is so calming. Loved the story that went along with the design. xxx

  10. Tina S. (West Glamorgan) July 2, 2014 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Dear Catherine,
    I was really moved to tears reading about how you designed this beautiful Clogau gold peice. It really touched my heart and gave me goose-bumps when you described your love of Wales. I am Welsh and like so many am very proud of my heritage. I know I am biased, but I truley believe we have some stunning countryside.I could never imagine living anywhere else but my Homeland. Of course, like a true Welsh person I am also a rugby fanatic. It is not just a game , it is part of being Welsh. When I watch our boys play in the internationals and listen to the singing, the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!! I’m the same whenever I listen to any Welsh Male Voice Choirs.
    So as soon as I started to read about your experience of Wales the tears came into my eyes.
    I hope you will be visiting Wales again , especially South Wales!
    Diolch yn fawr/thank you very much Catherine.xx

  11. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie,
    Thanks so much for the vote of confidence. It was really good of you to write in. Lucky you living in Wales. I’d love to live there but the commute to work would be crazy!
    I hope you enjoyed seeing the design live on air. I got so nervous I think I just flapped and fluffed my words, haha! Lovely that it sold out…can’t wait to see what people think when they get it home.
    Love Catherine xx

  12. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Joan,
    Thank you for your kind words. They really touched me and I appreciate you taking the time to write them.
    Warmest hugs and love,
    Catherine xxx

  13. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear sweet Diane,
    You are so kind and supportive. It’s always a joy to hear from you. I hope life is treating you kindly. I really enjoyed the unveiling of the piece and was overwhelmed by the response with it selling out! It was such an honour to co-design with Samantha Roberts from Clogau. She’s such a lovely lady, too.
    Stay fabulous, Diane. Sending lots of love your way,
    Catherine xxx

  14. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for writing in. I’m so pleased you like the design. I would LOVE to design a piece of jewellery with cats in mind! Hmmm, maybe I should chat with the powers that be as it is something I’ve thought about before!
    Nice to hear from you.
    Love Catherine x

  15. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Donna,
    Really appreciate you writing in. I hope you liked it on air!
    Lots of love,
    Catherine xx

  16. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Ooh Bammie!
    You are such a sweetheart! Thank you for your beautiful (very poetic) words! I hope life is treating you well and you’re enjoying the nicer weather. So sweet of you to comment so generously.
    Big fat hugs & love,
    Catherine xxx

  17. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Priscilla,
    I found your message very touching. Nice to hear from someone else who is enamoured with Wales even without being from Wales. I really must plan another visit there soon. Our gorgeous Steven from Yankee Candle has a Yankee shop in Cardiff and I keep promising to visit. Such a magical place.
    Scotland is also incredible! My father worked as a gardener for a large estate in Scotland for many years. The estate is now owned by the National Trust. I’d love to go back and visit although I’m sure it would be bittersweet. One day, though.
    Lovely to hear from you, Priscilla.
    Love Catherine xxx

  18. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    My dear Marjorie,
    I’m moved beyond words and wish I could reach out and give you a hug. You write beautifully. Such an emotional tribute to your late father. I can’t deny that tears are falling as I write this but not just out of sadness. Also tears of joy that you had the chance to have a father who moved you so deeply to write those words. That’s a very special love and I’m so glad you had him in your life even though you had to say goodbye.
    I can’t thank you enough for sharing your words with me and anyone who reads this and I hope it helps others and warms their hearts as it has mine.
    Big loving hugs to you, dear lady.
    Love Catherine xxx

  19. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello lovely Sarah,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write and make me smile with your very kind comments. I feel very supported right now with everyone’s generous words.
    I hope you are well and smiling today,
    Love Catherine xx

  20. Catherine Huntley July 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Oh Tina!
    You’ve made my day by writing in! Thank you so much. One of my greatest hopes when invited to design with Clogau was that Welsh people would embrace my design and passion for their culture and land. I never really felt I belonged anywhere in particular as I moved around so much as a child but when I first went to Wales I think I adopted the country as my own. One of the most beautiful things about that is the Welsh people I have known have also adopted me!
    I’m now full of nostalgia for Wales and want to jump in the car and drive there now! Unfortunately impossible as QVC beckons but I hope my next visit will be soon as its been far too long.
    Diolch yn fawr, Cariad! It really means a lot to me. Have a wonderful day.
    Love Catherine xxx

  21. Una July 2, 2014 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Watched the Clogau show last night. Loved your pendant. I ordered it earlier in the day before I’d seen the presentation, its even more beautiful. I loved it as soon as I saw it, and couldn’t not buy it
    Its not for myself, its for my 5 year old granddaughter Meli. We lost her Mummy 3 years ago and she now lives with me.
    I started collecting a few pieces of jewellery for her. I have Ali’s Hope pendant, your pendant and a sweet little tanzanite bracelet. I plan to give them to her on her 16th, 18th and 21st birthday. They will be from her Mummy though.
    I’m going to give her the Hope one first, as I hope she knows how much her Mummy loves her, I hope she knows I’ve tried to be a good parent to her and I hope she has a lovely fulfilled life ahead of her.
    The bracelet is for her 18th. A little bit of bling on your 18th is always good. Maybe it will have
    Increased in value by then too.
    Your pendant is special to me too. My daughter LOVED daffodils, I have a photo of her aged about 18 months sitting in a flowerpot that my mum had, it was full of flowers and she’s sitting right in the middle. She once came home with an armful of them. They were still tightly closed and she hadn’t realised that when they opened, they would take up so much room. She had to borrow vases from everyone and they were in every room in the house. She even had to put some in the shed as she just had no more surfaces to put them on! Was very funny.
    If you ever design a bracelet to match……. I would love to get that too for her.
    Thank you for bringing such a gorgeous piece of jewellery. Its so so special Catherine
    Una xxx

  22. Catherine Huntley July 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Una,
    I cannot express just how moved I am by your message. I’ve just read it aloud to my best friend and had to keep stopping as I couldn’t stem the flow of tears. What a very, very special lady you are.
    I am so desperately and utterly sorry for what you and your family have been through. It churns my stomach, and that of any parent, to contemplate outliving my children. I’ve seen it happen to my own mother when my brother died and that was an unbearable pain to witness. I can’t imagine what you’ve been through and my heart aches for you.
    You’re a true inspiration. You are keeping your daughter’s memory alive by sharing your memories of her. I found it so endearing to read the daffodil story and could just picture her in my minds eye. I’m sure you will share so many of those wonderful memories with her dear little Meli through the years. I am sincerely humbled by your story. You are an amazing mother and grandmother.
    Marking milestones in Meli’s life with meaningful jewellery from her Mummy is such a beautiful thing to do, Una. I can’t even begin to tell you how honoured I am that you chose my piece of jewellery for Meli’s 21st birthday. I can barely write for the tears. I would really love to write a letter and put it into a card for Meli to open with her special Clogau piece if you would like me to? If so, please either write to QVC with your address and mention yours and Meli’s names so I know it’s you or call QVC and they can pass it on to me through the QVC web team. Please don’t feel obliged. I just wanted to offer to do something to make it extra special.
    Keep being amazing. You’ve touched my heart deeply and, I’m sure, many others who may be reading your message. Thank you so so much.
    All my love,
    Catherine xxx

  23. Susan Warwick July 5, 2014 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine … What lovely comments above. I’ve just had your beautiful pendant delivered and it’s perfect; my favourite presenter bringing a special piece of jewellery from my favourite jewellery designer – Clogau. My only disappointment was the absence of the romance card that you presented with the piece. I have contacted Customer Services and asked if one can be sourced for me as provenance for the future. I hope that one can be found for me. You must be so pleased with the final piece which will always bring you special memories of your dad. Susan x

  24. Diane gilbank July 5, 2014 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Hi catherine, just had to tell you how gorgeous you looked in your purple top on your clogau show! And what a response to your pendant heart! I missed it as had to record the show, but it is going top of my list for birthday- Xmas gift right now. It is simply beautiful and so affordable as you said. You could feel the emotions you were going through jump off the screen. You have such an engaging personality and was so genuinely pleased when you item sold so well.
    Lovely to get your reply too to my last post. Keep happy and congratulations!! You deserve it.
    Much love diane xxx

  25. julie rid July 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    hi catherine what a lovely pendant you have designed you are so clever i have recently started collecting clogau pieces but i was gutted when they discontinued the awelon necklace where the leaves goe across the necklace i may have to buy the bracelet and maybe wear it as a necklace by attaching another bracelet to it???will they ever bring it back,kind regards,julie

  26. Sandrine July 7, 2014 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Thank you so much for your design. I’m so in love with the daffodils and you make my wish to put it on a jewel. It’s soon to be my birthday and your pendant will be my birthday’s gift. It’s so pretty, feels like a fairy put it on a heart. And thanks to Clogau to bring such beautiful jewels.

  27. Una July 8, 2014 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Typed you a big long reply last night, then it completely vanished!
    That is so generous of you, thank you, its very thoughtful and much appreciated.
    Meli and I are moving house this week. Our lives have been chaotic anyway over the past couple of months, so now, the chaos seems quite calm, as we now add absolute mess into the mix!
    As soon as we are organised, I will send you our details.
    I hope your mum is feeling better today, what a fright for you all.
    My good wishes to you and your family
    Love Una xxx

  28. Susan Pringle July 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    I have just received 2 of your pendants and they are beautiful.
    One is for me for my wedding anniversary and the other is for my
    daughter in law who lost her mum to secondary cancer on
    May 5th. When you were discussing your pendant on the first Clogau
    Show, did you say that we would receive a romance card telling us
    the story behind your design and that you had designed it?
    If so, I haven’t received the card. If I remember correctly, you
    held up a brown card with gold writing on it.
    I am looking forward, hopefully, to more of your designs.

  29. Catherine Huntley July 10, 2014 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan,
    Thanks for your very kind and lovely message. I’m over the moon that you’re delighted with your new piece of Clogau. I love wearing mine.
    There should have been a romance card enclosed with your piece. I’m very sorry there wasn’t but as soon as I read your message I went directly to our buyers and asked if we could ensure this is rectified so please let me know if you don’t receive yours and I will deal with it personally. I’m sure my fabulous colleagues in Liverpool will come up trumps for you but just in case. Again I’m sorry you had to chase it up, thanks for being so lovely about it.
    I can’t wait to see what Clogau bring us next. I really loved the Red Hart piece they debuted on jewellery day. Stunning designs. I’m so proud to have been involved with one myself and even prouder that so many lovely people, like you, are enjoying it.
    Lots of love,
    Catherine xx

  30. Catherine Huntley July 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Aw Diane,
    You’re always so kind and generous with your posts. Thank you so much. I’m really pleased you were able to catch up and see the launch of my piece!
    As ever, your support it very much appreciated. I hope life is being good to you.
    Catherine xxx

  31. Catherine Huntley July 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    Thanks for writing in. I know exactly the Awelon necklace you mean as I received it for my 40th birthday! I love it and didn’t know it was discontinued. It may be worth contacting Clogau directly through their website to see if they know of any stockists who may have one. We do have some pieces from the Awelon collection so do have a look and see what we have.
    I’d buy every piece if I could. I aspire one day own the Seren pendant which has rose gold and diamonds..rarely seen and very beautiful but one to save up for!
    Hope you’re well, much love.
    Catherine x

  32. Jackie Clayton July 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello Catherine
    Thank you so much for designing the beautiful daffodil pendant. My lovely mum sadly passed away just before Christmas last year. Since then I have been looking for a piece of jewellery to remember her by but had not found anything that was special enough. When I saw you pendant I knew I had found it.
    My Mum’s birthday was in March so the daffodil is her birth flower. She also loved the Royal family, so the Clogau gold with its Royal connection seemed very appropriate. Also, although my Mum was not Welsh, she had a Welsh name – Gwen.
    When I received the pendant I was thrilled with it. It is perfect. I also like the fact it is a piece that can be worn every day and doesn’t have to be saved for special occasions.
    Thank you so much.
    Jackie x

  33. Una July 28, 2014 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Hope you are well.
    Well, my pendant arrived just before Meli and I moved house. Its absolutely beautiful. I love it. Its so delicate, but at the same time, very substantial.
    We are finally settled, but not actually where we were meant to be! The say before we were due to move, the flat above us has a massive flood. As a result, our flat is flooded too. The property belongs to a very close friend, who owns many properties. Fortunately for us, she had another one available, which has turned out to be even more perfect for us. It needs more doing to it, which will take time and money, but we are in, and happy which is all that matters.
    Im going to get a wee card to you, with our details.
    Stayed up to watch Yankee TSV , but off to bed now, as I’m sure I will be woken, very unceremoniously, very early by a certain little lady!
    Lots of love
    Una. X

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