England Rugby Rose Cufflinks

England Rugby Rose Cufflinks are now part of an exclusive range of jewellery and gifts for Men and women from The London Silver Company.com.

The London Silver Company.Com is now an official licensed partner of the England RFU

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The England Rose is an official registered trademark of the Rugby Football Union and is subject of extensive trade mark registrations worldwide

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The England Rugby team has always worn a red rose emblem on the left breast of their shirts

There is no evidence to explain exactly why the Rugby Football Union chose it in 1871 for England’s first international match which was incidentally against the “auld enemy” Scotland.  It was even then displayed on a white jersey /shirt. The England rose was first officially adopted by the RFU in 1920 and replaced with a new ‘corporate’ rose (above) in June 1999.

There are several potential reasons why a red rose was adopted:

The royal English rose is red and white.  It was created to symbolise the end of the “War of the Roses” and the  marriage between the houses of Lancaster (Henry VII) and York ( Elizabeth 1).

The ‘England rose’ is not therefore red. However, but as Elizabeth won,she continued to use the red rose because they were descended from the House of Lancaster. So, it is the red rose that is seen as an emblem of England and English monarchy.This is probably why the RFU selected the red rose and why its so popular with the Royals today.

Prince Harry is a big England Rugby fan and he proved it recently by recording a You Tube piece to camera to cheer on the England Rugby team at the recent QBE internationals.

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Price Harry, not wearing his England Rugby Rose Cufflinks

Elizabeth 1 presented the founder of Rugby School Lawrence Sheriff with a coat of arms that included the English Rose .Rugby School school is of course where the game started.

The white kit worn by England Rugby players was also copied from the kit used at Rugby School

The London Silver Company.Com have created a range of 12 stunning pieces that are handmade in sterling silver and feature the England Rose

 

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This large lapel pin or brooch retails for £80 and weighs a hefty grams of solid sterling silver

The “new” England Rose was

It was Alfred Wright, an RFU employee, who standardised the use of the England rose by the RFU on England jerseys. Wright was first employed as a clerk in 1919 and subsequently became Administrative Secretary of the Union.

These England Rugby Rose Cufflinks are linked with a silver chain to a Rugby ball and weigh over 18gms and are available at £109.

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Come on England

 

The Silver Rose Collection will be available to buy from February 1st 2014

Bloomberg Television appoints us…

Bloomberg Television have appointed The London Silver Company.Com as an official supplier of their sterling silver for corporate gifts.

Mark Taylor the CEO and Founder of The London Silver Company.Com presented a range of potential items to the Commercial & Marketing directors.

Bloomberg decided upon a small initial range of sterling silver, handmade and hallmarked in London premiums that could also be branded with the iconic Bloomberg logo

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The range they chose of sterling silver, handmade, hallmarked items included a money clip which reflected Bloomberg’s heritage of understanding markets of all types including yes….money.tlsc_sterling_silver_plain_money_clip_2212

You can buy this now for just £67.00 with free UK delivery

Now while this is a great corporate gift for both a man and woman, the team picked out a stunning sterling keepsake silver box. This can be used for pills, rings, earrings or even a locket of child’s hair.

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You too can buy this beauty for just £55.00

And for that busy executive traveller Bloomberg decided upon an unusual sterling silver shaving kit that was also branded with the iconic Bloomberg logo.

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This great corporate gift is only £19.75 with FREE UK delivery, a bargain to say the least.

The London Silver Company.Com is committed in providing a premium service to its corporate clients. We are more than happy to work with companies in designing exclusive items for the clients, suppliers and staff.

The ideal corporate gift for a company set up in 1999 and that is 25 years old in 2014…the gift has to be silver, the traditional metal to celebrate a 25th Anniversary of any kind.

BskyB, First Direct & Thames Water are just three companies celebrating their 25 years in business in 2014.

So if you are looking for a bespoke piece of jewellery for that special occasion please do get in touch directly with mark.taylor@thelondonsilvercompany.com who will take your brief  and bring it to life in silver for that perfect corporate gift.

 

 

 

The most expensive cufflinks in the World

Yes the most expensive cufflinks in the world are priced at £2.6m or $4.2m and are made courtesy of the worlds most exclusive celebrity jewellery makers Jacob & Co. These Octagon Cut Canary diamond  cufflinks are created from 18-carat white gold.  The centre piece’s are made up of 20-& 21-carat canary yellow diamonds. They surrounded by 10.76 carats of additional white diamonds or baguettes as they are called.The T bar that secures these beauties to the owners shirt sleeve is diamond encrusted.
But these stunning Sterling Silver round hallmarked cufflinks are a fantastic gift for the man that has everything and are available for just £72 and you can buy them here.
When a man chooses a pair of cufflinks, it reflects his personality. Bling & diamond cufflinks would undoubtedly be chosen by a chap who is confident in him self. The silver cufflinks above would demonstrate a first hand knowledge of the value of silver and what a hallmarked pair of cufflinks was worth. And we have a pair of chunky doubled sided stunners at £140. You can hardly lift your arm?
The traders in the CITY of London are voracious consumers of style and wear their cufflinks daily with pride and you can always find lifestyle tips in the CITY.AM Lifestyle pages to get the latest tips on what to wear and not to be seen dead in.
A classic pair to be worn in the city with a pink shirt are these sterling silver Blue Lapis beauties.
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And a great place to buy a pink shirt for those blue Lapis links is of course at Thomas Pink .
And heres a photo of Prince William wearing a pink shirt in the South Pacific………what a man in touch with his feminine side

Silver Christening Gifts for Prince George

Silver Christening gifts for Prince George on Wednesday 23rd October 2013. What silver christening gifts will the Royal Baby Prince George receive tomorrow at his christening? Who knows?

His right royal parents Wills & Kate have chosen the Chapel Royal at St James Palace which is where Princess Beatrice was christened in 1988 and  where Diana’s coffin lay before her funeral.

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The Royal Chapel at St James’s Palace chapel where Prince George will be christened

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will conduct the service for the christening of George Alexander Louis Windsor.  George will be wearing a copy of a christening gown made for Queen Victorias eldest daughter Victoria The Princess Royal in 1841. This new gown is actually second hand, it was worn in 2008 by Viscount Severn, the son of Edward & Sophie Wessex at his christening.

In attendance will obviously be the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Princes Charles and Harry, the Duchess of Cornwall, The God Parents and the Middletons at the 3pm service that is expected to last for 45 minutes.

George is expected to have six godparents who are all commoners and shocking according the the Guardian. After the christening a photograph will be released to the press depicting the Queen with the three future Kings of England – Charles, William and George.

You can find traditional christenings gifts here at The L0ndon Silver Company.Com. One of the most traditional silver christening gifts is the solid silver handmade silver egg cup and spoon and only £166 of solid silver that will increase in value in the child’s lifetime.

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The prescedence for such a photograph was set in July 1894 at the christening of the future Edward VIII. It depicted  the royal baby with his father George V, his grandfather, the future Edward VII, and great grandmother, Queen Victoria.

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These beautiful traditional silver christening gifts are available here to buy here from only  £27 with FREE UK delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Cufflinks the perfect gifts for men

No man can resist a new pair of Silver Cufflinks for his favourite shirt. No matter if he received a pair of heavy doubled sided silver cufflinks for his 21st Birthday present or a pair of Rugby Ball cufflinks as a 30th Birthday gift, as a bloke you cannot have enough pairs of cufflinks.

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These Silver Tri-Plane cufflinks are £46 and the sterling silver hallmarked cufflinks are £72, buy them here.

The best gift for a man for his 40th wedding anniversary is a pair of Ruby Cufflinks and a Ruby silver tie slide, for the man who does have everything.

 

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Just £109 here and only £2.73 for each year of marriage.

And the ideal present for a best man is a matching set of cufflinks and shirt studs…in silver of course. These are set with a deep black onyx

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Silver Cufflinks are indicators of knowing how to dress smartly. It brings personality and character to your cuffed shirts, and this idiot proof  video will teach you how to wear silver cufflinks .

Of course with a DJ / Tuxedo you might wear a silk handkerchief in jacket pocket.

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And of course you must have a matching pooch for that black tie wedding :)

And heres the simple video to show you the way to fold that white silk square to match you fantastic Black & White Cufflinks.

 

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So you have your favourite dress shirt on with you best silver shirt studs and matching silver cufflinks. You will have a waistcoat or cummerbund, braces and matching black socks. Your shoes should be black patent with silver / chrome buckles. Just polish off the wife or girlfriend, drape her in silver jewellery and off you go to the ball Mr & Mrs Prince Charming.

And take a taxi…..NOT THE BUS !

 

Silver Lockets on Silver Chains

A Silver Locket is a pendant that opens to reveal a photograph or a lock of hair. A silver locket is normally given to a loved one on the occasion of a christening, wedding and of course Valentines day.

Strange but true but it became a tradition to give a locket to a relative at a funeral in Victorian times. Perhaps this is where the curl of hair in a silver locket originates from.

Silver Lockets are usually worn on a chain around the neck, but are sometimes added to charm bracelets. A silver locket normally carries the photograph of the person that gave it as a present or gift, but it might justy have a photograph of both of the loving couple.

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A silver locket at the Victoria & Albert Museum dated circa 1650-1700

Some bespoke lockets can hold up to 6 photographs. Silver lockets are made in different heart shapes and sometimes have a glass front to display a curl of hair, when you don’t want to open it all the time.

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This perfect sterling silver locket is available to buy here for only £60 with free delivery

Silver lockets were popular in era’s when personal hygiene wasn’t at its best. The locket was made in a filigree style with a small cushion or pad attached to the inside wherby perfume was dropped onto the pad. This protected the wearer from the whiff of the unwashed around them.

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The filigree style locket that mask the smell of Wiffy peeps.

In Victorian times “spinner lockets” were also popular whereby the central bail is attached to the silver chain and the silver locket itself is allowed to spin freely.

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A Silver “spinner” Locket.

We have a selection of lockets priced between £31 & £64 that make the perfect gift for her or Valentines present for a girlfriend. Buy them here

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Terry Lynn created a lovely music track called Silver Locket here on You Tube

And of course there is the fantastic story of ANGELINA BALLERINA and the THE SILVER LOCKET: Angelina borrows her mother’s precious silver locket without permission and is devastated when she loses it. When Angelina must confess to her parents, an unlikely person comes to her rescue!

Don’t miss this too on You Tube here

Remember Silver lockets are precious and the perfect gift for a girl so buy one here 

 

 

 

 

Silver Cufflinks & Bespoke Shirts

Cufflinks have been used to secure shirts cuffs since the reign of the French King Louis X1V.  This is the period in history when shirt sleeve’s or the cuffs were first fastened by buttons (normally glass) and joined by a chain, hence the name Cufflinks. And as you can see he was a flamboyant dresser and probably the first person who wore Cufflinks.

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Louis X1V , King of France, 1638 – 1715 or as he was better known Louis The Great

Now obviously Louis’s shirts were handmade for him and therefore were bespoke. Some 40 years later the London bespoke shirt makers Thresher & Glenny were established in London and are still operating today in Middle Temple Lane and still hold Royal Warrants granted in the late 18th century.

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King George 111 granted Thresher & Glenny their Royal Warrant in 1783

Most bespoke shirt makers makers were established in Saville Row, London W1 in the late 1800′s and are still based there today.

No formal bespoke shirt from an established shirt maker would not have French Cuffs or double cuffs as we know them today and thats why you can choose from 000′s of different styles of cufflinks today.

There are over 150 styles of silver cufflinks in our range at The London Silver Company.ComCufflinks-Slim

and you can buy these now.

Of course a bespoke shirt needs keeping in a pristine condition to show off those silver cufflinks and you can see the professional way to ironing a shirt here. Yes ironing a shirt gentlemen.

Yes even Jason Statham the hardest man on the planet has bespoke shirts made for him and wears a fine French Cuff with Silver Cufflinks

Here is his thank you photo to Russell & Hodge his bespoke shirt maker.

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Our sterling silver cufflinks are handmade in 925 silver (92.5%) and range in price from only £27 to £165

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Buy these fantastic Tri Plane Silver Cufflinks for only £46  here.

 

 

 

 

Black Tie and Silver Shirt Studs

Black Tie and Silver Shirt Studs

The wearing of Black Tie in the evening dates back to circa 1865. King Edward V11 who at the time was the Prince of Wales commissioned the Tailors Henry Poole & Co to design him a short smoking jacket to wear at informal dinner parties.

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Edward V11

Henry Poole & Co were the first tailors in the now famous street Saville Row in London’s West End, where the great and the good and wealthy still  have their suits made. They were also tailors to Emporer Napoloen 111. They also made Dinner suits for King Edward V111 who abdicated the British throne to marry the American divorcee Mrs Wallace Simpson.

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King Edward V111 in DJ and shirt studs

Waistcoats and Cummerbunds should never be seen together. In fact cummerbunds were first worn by the British Army in India  to hide their waistband and braces beneath their short red smoking jackets . What the King wore the Army wore.

Today a black or midnight blue jacket is the normally the preferred colour, but not really acceptable before 6pm. The DJ or in the US they call this a Tuxedo

A tuxedo in the UK is normally white and can be worn before 6pm for lunches, weddings etc.

Bow ties should be made of black silk, shoes black patent or highly polished.

Dress Shirts worn with shirt studs for black tie have traditionally had “french” or Double cuffs to be secured by Cufflinks…get it.

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These silver spitfire cufflinks are in a double or french cuff and you can buy them now for only £41

The original formal dress shirt is designed to be worn with shirt studs. Traditionally these are in silver or gold settings, most commonly Silver Onyx Studs or Silver Mother of Pearl Studs, which are also more formal and worn with white tie.

At the London Silver Company.Com we have a large selection of shirt studs in all colours for all occasions. Cornelian shirt studs, Oyster Shell shirt studs, Mother of Pearl, Black Shell shirt studs, Plain Silver shirt studs, Turquoise shirt studs.

 

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These Cornelian and oyster shell silver shirt studs are only £63 and you can buy them now.

 

The perfect gift for a man is this box set of silver onyx shirt studs and matching silver onyx cufflinks

 

 

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Buy this set now for only £101

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Silver Cufflinks are a way of bringing to life a black tie and to give oneself some individuality amongst a bunch of similarly dressed men.

Or win best dressed man like Daniel Craig with silver shirt studs and a Money Clip as used by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

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So be the best dressed man at your next Black tie event and dont forget those Silver Shirt studs.

 

Silver Crosses and Silver Cross Prams

Sterling Silver Crosses make the perfect christening gift for a girl, while Silver Cross prams transport them in their early days of life

What little girl would not like a Silver Cross on a chain for her birthday in fact what grown up girl wouldn’t like a Sterling Silver Cross?

The origin of wearing silver crosses goes back hundreds of centuries. History has shown that the cross as a symbol was used centuries before Christ. In the British Museum there is a statue of Shalmaneser 1st who was an early king of Assyria in about B.C. 1300 and around his neck is an almost perfect Maltese cross.

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The Greek goddess Diana is depicted with a cross over her head in many paintings as was Bachuss the Greek God of wine. Different styles of crosses were used in Mexico centuries before the Spaniards invaded South America. The Egyptians and the Hindus both used the cross as a symbol hundreds of years before Christ.

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The use of a cross by Christians did not actually start until the age of Constantine 300 years after Christ. Ironically its pretty clear that they borrowed it from the Pagans.

Silver has been used as a metal in Jewellery for thousands of years and hence Silver Crosses have been created in this precious metal to adorn the necks of Women & Men over the centuries.

Every girl should own a Silver Cross so buy one here from between £27-£51.

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Silver Cross has been an established brand in the UK for over 130 years. So will Prince George be the next Royal Baby to be transported in a classic Silver Cross pram?

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Silver Cross prams were first built in the UK in Hunslet near Leeds in 1877. The owner William Wilson ambition was a simple one, to build the best prams the world . Since he was a child, Wilson had been obsessed with engineering and having designed a blueprint for a new kind of suspension system, the now iconic Silver Cross pram was born.

The British Royal family always bought Silver Cross prams.

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And when Princes Grace was photographed with a Silver Cross, pram sales boomed and more importantly when it became the transport of choice for baby Princes William and Harry in the 1980’s the retro design suddenly found itself back in vogue. Dubbed the Rolls Royce of prams from the start ,Silver Cross prided itself on quality.

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Silver Cross in recent years has become one of the fastest growing private companies in the UK

For a demonstration of the classic Balmoral model just watch this You Tube video

But before you buy that Silver Cross pram for your prince or princess, ensure you buy a Silver Cross on a chain for that perfect christening gift for a girl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silver Bars discovered for the Christening of Prince George

Silver bars for the Christening of Prince George of Cambridge have been found.

Silver treasure worth £120m ($77m) has been retrieved from the wreck of a British steamship called the SS Gairsoppa. All the Silver will be returned to the Royal Mint and it is rumoured that it is to be used in the minting of a silver coin to commemorate the christening of Prince George of Cambridge the future King George V11 of England

The last Silver bar was raised from the ocean on the same day (23/7/13) that Prince George was introduced to the worlds press.

After 10 years of searching the shipwreck was finally discovered off the coast of Ireland. It had taken Odyssey Marine Exploration (the treasure hunters) who discovered it 2 years ago to bring it up from the ocean bottom.

SS Gairsoppa was on her way back from India in 1941 carrying the precious cargo when it was torpoedod by a German U-boat.

110 Tons of Silver bars weighing 3.6 kilos (80lbs) each were discovered scattered across the seabed and in the ships mail room. Over 3 miles beneath the surface, the wreck could only be reached by submersibles with remotely controlled arms to pick up the bricks.The final solid silver ingot numbered 2742 reached the surface on July 23rd 2013. Each was marked with the name of where it was cast ie Bombay.

After the costs of recovering this precious metal is deducted, Odyssey Marine will collect 80% of the value and the British Government the remaining 20% or circa £23m. Hence why I believe that the coincidence of Baby Prince George and the Silver being exposed to the world will ensure the Royal Mint

Silver has always been a tradional gift for a christening present or christening gift. You can see our total collection of silver christening presents here.

 

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This is the perfect christening gift for a young prince. A sterling silver gift set for a christening or new born and one that will be cherished forever. The traditionally solid sterling silver shaped egg cup has feature hallmarks to commemorate a special year and a brushed finished interior which contrasts with the polished silver exterior. The solid sterling silver spoon has an Old English style. Buy one here for £166