Rwy’n caru fy Nghlogau (I love my Clogau)!


Catherine and Steve in Brynawelon field Through my lovely partner Steve (with me left) and his gorgeous Welsh family, I have developed a fascination, respect and wonder for Wales. I've even tried to learn the language.

Not got too far on that one as yet due to the fact I don't get the opportunity to return to Wales as often as I'd like to hear Welsh being spoken. I may find I have more of an opportunity now though as Steve is a member of a new Welsh men's choir and they are already booked for some major events in Wales (I'm not allowed to say which ones just yet but watch this space).

Standing stones in a sacred siteI simply fell in love with the passion of the Welsh for all that they do and stand for. I also fell in love with the beautiful countryside. Where Steve's family live there are no streetlights, so on a dark night you can see all the stars - very meditative.

One day Angela and Nigel (Steve's mum and dad) and Steve and I went visiting some sacred sites (left). Pentre Ifan is a bronze age megalithic site dating back to about 4000BC. The 'Hill of Angels' can be seen from the site too. There's such a sense of magic and history to be felt there.

Ty Canol woods One of my favourites to visit was the Ty Canol woods (left), a stunning ancient wood which seemed to be alive with energy and nature.

The Clogau Today's Special Value, coming up on Monday 16th November, is extra special to me because it features a theme that reminds me of the delicate vinery of the woods we visited.

The pride of the Welsh is evident to me in the Clogau Collection. Never compromising on detail or quality each piece is a work of art. I bought Steve Clogau cufflinks last year for his birthday. He bought me a bangle that I'd chosen from the range. His family also own several pieces.

All in all we are massive fans and I can't wait to present the show on Monday at 6pm with Julian Roberts, our Clogau expert. Julian has incredible knowledge to impart and heartfelt enthusiasm for the treasures we present. A joy.

I would love to hear from you. Are you familiar with the sites I've mentioned? Do you already own pieces from the Clogau Collection? Why is it special to you?

I hope to see you on Monday!

Love, Catherine x

Take a look at the Clogau Collection


  1. Angie Boyle November 16, 2009 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    I’m also a big fan of Clogau gold, but thought I’d never own any as it is a “considered” purchase. How wrong I was. On my big 40, my husband bought me the beautiful Cariad ring and I wear it every day. I also have the charm bracelet with the daisy and Cariad heart charms on it. Looking to expand the number of charms!
    Enjoy presenting the show
    Angie x

  2. Sue Williams November 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Catherine, I fully agree with everything you say. I live near Dolgellau where the Clogau gold was mined and like you say Wales is breathtaking. Did you know that a large part of wales is in a national park or in an area of outstanding natural beauty. This is what inspires the people to be so passionate and creative.

  3. Margaret November 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, like you I adore Clogau gold having Welsh heritage how could I not collect it , I have the lovely Elizabeth pendant, Daisy ring,charm bracelet and a bracelet from a while ago now its called the Trombone link just fantastic another older piece I have is the lovers knot ring and one of the gold nuggets and of course the lovely Dragon dont think I will ever stop,just been researching family tree and it seems we were all over Wales until we arrived here the mining industry figures a lot in our tree its just wonderful finding out about it all. Just love WALESxxxx Margaret

  4. Joanne Tometzki November 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Catherine,
    I too love all things Welsh. Infact so much so that my husband and I moved here 2 years ago and have been renovating a cottage by the sea. Small world. We live down the road from Sue in a place called Friog.It really is a stunning place! Enjoy the show.

  5. Jill Griffith November 16, 2009 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    I have a Welsh husband and own several pieces of Clogau Gold. My daughter was given a locket for her 18th birthday. My inlaws own a cottage on the edge of Snowdonia that has been passed through the family from the 1700s. They speak the Welsh language too and our daughter who is at uni at the moment is learning the Welsh Lanuage. I have visited a lot of the ancient sites and follow the Brythoniad choir. they came 2nd in the eisteddfod this year and have a famous choir master.
    Love Jill x

  6. Catherine Huntley November 18, 2009 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Angie,
    Lovely to hear from you. I love the fact that your Cariad ring was given for such a special occasion. Clogau is so special it seems fitting there should be a sense of occasion to the gifting of it. I hope you had a magical 40th. What a lovely husband, too!
    I hope you enjoyed the Clogau shows. Did anything tempt you this time around? Any new charms for that lovely bracelet?
    I hope you have a fabulous Christmas.
    Lots of love,
    Catherine x

  7. Catherine Huntley November 18, 2009 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Hello Sue,
    Williams is a good Welsh surname..a favourite of mine as it’s Steve’s family name, too!
    I’m always learning new things about Wales. If it were possible to commute to QVC more easily from Wales I think I’d happily settle down there once the kids have both moved out. My son, Tom, has been looking at Universities and is currently most taken with Glamorgan Uni so you never know!
    I craft a lot and I think the creativity of the Welsh really appeals to me. Steve’s father has carved many chairs for his local Eisteddfod (for the uninitiated these are very important music and literature festivals in Wales). Steve’s mum has won 99 cups for singing in Eisteddfods all over Wales! You can see how being around these lovely people has fuelled my passion for Wales.
    Thanks for writing in, keep in touch.
    Love Catherine x

  8. Catherine Huntley November 18, 2009 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Margaret,
    How wonderful to read your message. I’d love to have a look at your Clogau collection, it sounds lovely! Especially the gold nuggets. How magical.
    How fascinating the family research is! I’d love to do something like that. I know I have family all over but, as far as I’m aware, no Welsh heritage but I like to think of myself as having honorary Welsh status!
    I desperately want to learn the language but it is hard when you’re not there..just like trying to learn French in school. It’s all textbook but not much practical everyday stuff.
    Have a happy Christmas and love to you & yours.
    Catherine x

  9. Catherine Huntley November 18, 2009 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Jo,
    Great to hear from you. Your life by the sea sounds beautiful and idyllic. I’m sure there’s been lots of hard work involved, too, but well worth it by the sound of things!
    On the journey through Wales to Newcastle Emyln where Steve’s family live I see lots of little old abandoned cottages and buildings which would be lovely to renovate. It sounds as though you are living the dream!
    I wish you lots of love & happy times and thanks again for writing in.
    Love Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley November 18, 2009 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Looks like I’ve found another kindred spirit! So good to hear from you.
    Again it is so good to hear of that ‘sense of occasion’ in the giving of Clogau for your daughter’s 18th birthday. She’ll always remember her special day when she wears her treasured piece.
    The Snowdonian cottage sounds absolutely magical. I love getting all daydreamy about things like that. Thinking of all the people who may have lived there before and seen the same stunning views and so on. It makes the history and heritage come alive again.
    We may well have visited many of the same sites! I just did a search for the choir you mentioned. How lovely. I also noticed a piccy of Bryn Terfel on their website as a guest artist. Of course he sports his beautiful Clogau Daffodil pin proudly on his suit lapel for every performance, too.
    Keep well, love to you and yours,
    Catherine x

  11. Natasha November 20, 2009 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine.
    Just wanted to say that Glamorgan Uni is a fantastic choice! I was there for 4 years and lived in and around Pontypridd – your son will definately be experiencing ‘true Wales’ there! And it’s Tom Jones country too!
    I missed the show but do own a piece that an ex boyfriend bought me years and years ago. It’s the sunflower ring, and it’s just as shiny and beautiful now as the day he bought it. Actually, I just remembered it was a graduation gift, so that makes it 11 years old!!
    Hope you get the chance to live in Wales – I am biased but it is an amazing country!!

  12. Catherine Huntley November 22, 2009 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Natasha,
    Thanks for sharing your experience of Glamorgan Uni with me. It’s so hard when deciding something as important as this and so helpful to hear from people like you who have been there. Really glad it was fab for you. I’m now curious to know what you were studying and what you’ve now gone on to do..curious=nosey me!!
    Your sunflower ring sounds beautiful. The polish does seem to be exceptionally good on Clogau pieces, almost fluid or liquid like surface to them. Another ‘occasion’ piece, too! Lovely. I have a sterling silver square bangle which Steve is going to give me (had to order one as they always sell out)…sounds strange doesn’t it? I haven’t even worn it yet as I am waiting for an occasion so that the gifting of the piece is always a memory attached to it. I’m thinking either Christmas or when we are back on Welsh soil, perhaps both! I often open the box and just have a little look and then pop it back!
    Right, I must dash off as it’s beauty day and I’m on at 2pm!
    Love Catherine x

  13. Natasha November 24, 2009 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Catherine.
    Just to satisfy your curiosity…I studied Psychology and I am now a trainer in the retail industry – I think there may be a connection there somewhere!! I do thoroughly recommend it to your son though, as long as he is fit as it’s built on a pretty serious mountain and there is no getting away from steep climbs. Not so bad leaving the student union bar as you can roll all the way home, but trekking up to the lecture hall the following morning is an arduous task!!
    Your bracelet sounds lush! I wouldn’t be able to resist sneaky peeks either. I agree with you on the ‘occasion pieces’. So much nicer to have a story attached to it. Christmas in Wales sounds good to me ;-) sure you can work on that one!
    Enjoyed Beauty Day – spent a fortune on Elemis and PK lovlies!
    Take care,

  14. Catherine Huntley November 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Natasha,
    Thanks for satisfying my noseyness! Psychology is an interest Tom also shares incidentally. He won’t mind the trekking, either. He loves walking.
    Beauty Day was great, poor Keeley from Elemis was such a trooper. She was feeling so poorly but just wouldn’t miss it for anything. What a star, eh?
    Take care & chat soon!
    Catherine x

  15. Linda November 19, 2010 at 3:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine love to hear your comments on air about Wales,I was born in Liverpool but my maternal grandfather David Moses Jones was born in Wales, he was born in a house called Bron Gadier in 1889 and as a child spent a lot of time there with them,he spoke Welsh so the accent makes me very nostalgic, I get goose pimples when I hear the male choirs and when I visit Wales I feel so at home. I as yet don’t have any Clogau but intend to purchase when I can its beautiful.
    Regards Linda

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