How do childhood memories influence your work now?
I grew up in a small town in Scotland and I was surrounded by incredibly creative people. My mother made all of our clothes and I learned to use a sewing machine at a very young age. My father made wooden toys for our Christmases – dolls houses and wendy houses and furniture for the dolls. My grandmother, Lily Blanche Sheridan, lived on the Hebridean Island of Skye and holidays were spent with her. She was an incredibly creative person and a fantastic cook. She even made her daughters’ and daughters-in-law’s wedding dresses when rationing was still imposed after the Second World War and gorgeous gowns were difficult to come by.
She introduced me to a wide range of craft activities, from knitting and crocheting to embroidery and even tatting. I was the first girl to take woodwork and metalwork at school and all my weekends were spent making toys and crafts.
As many of you know Social Bite is our charity of the year. Those of you who have left a review of Lily Blanche on Trustpilot may know that we donate to Social Bite as a thank you for every review we receive. But we also support the charity in other ways too and donate throughout the year.
So were delighted this week when Social Bite invited us to come and visit the new village they are building in Granton on the outskirts of Edinburgh to help people transition out of homelessness. This is an incredible project and we are delighted to be backing it.
DO YOU REMEMBER the first piece of jewellery which really meant something to you? The piece you knew you would always treasure and eventually pass on to somone you love? That is the feeling I wanted to recreate with the Memory Keeper Locket®.
Our lockets are often given to mark a milestone on life’s journey - a special birthday, a new baby, a wedding or remembering a loved one. We create the heirlooms of tomorrow from the conversation pieces of today.
Quality and craftsmanship are important to us. So we were delighted when Kensington Palace asked to stock the Memory Keeper Locket ahead of the Royal Wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex. Our lockets are handmade in small batches using only the finest gold and silver.
Each batch takes 10 weeks to complete and each locket uses more than an ounce of pure precious metal, making them much more valuable than most modern jewellery pieces. They are individually tested and hallmarked by the Edinburgh Assay Office with a full UK hallmark giving you complete confidence.
We have a no-quibble, money back guarantee on these lockets, free UK shipping and free returns. It is extrememly rare for us to receive a return of this locket, however.
Each Memory Keeper Locket® comes with a polish cloth to keep it sparkling and special velvet storage pouch containing Intercept® technology, which cleans the air inside the pouch to ensure optimum conditions.
I hope you love it.
Gillian Crawford, Creative Director & Founder, Lily Blanche
Watch the video below to see Natalie reveal the secrets of the Memory Keeper Locket.
We’d be delighted to answer your questions about this special family locket. You can email me email@example.com, call 44 (0)1786 473201 during office ours, contact us on Facebook Messenger, Instagram or Twitter or use the Live Chat button on the website.
You can read over 650 verified five star reviews here. Here’s what our customers say.
“It’s my absolute fave piece of jewellery” Judy Murray, tennis coach and Strictly star
“I want to thank you for the beautiful Locket. Engraving it with the date I took office as First Minister made it very personal” Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.
“It’s like wearing a hug from all my favourite people”Joan S.
“A lifetime of love in a little golden sphere. I absolutely adore it” Diane G.
“Amazing service and beautifully wrapped and packed. A joyful gift,” Lesley McP.
“I have bought them for my 2 daughters and myself. Love them,” Pauline S.
"My beautiful Memory Keeper Locket contains 6 pictures of my loved ones, including my mum and grandma who have both passed away. Somehow it feels like they were in on the gift too!” M.H.
“Cannot recommend this company enough” Rachel H.
“They really have thought of everything” Jennifer A.
“I absolutely love it as do my family and friends. I’ve been singing your praises to anyone who will listen” Diane C
We hope you love and treasure your Memory Keeper Locket®.Gillian Crawford, designer and CEO of Lily Blanche. x
Memory Keeper Locket® is a registered trademark of Lily Blanche and Wow (Scotland) Ltd
Nadin Dunnigan is one of Edinburgh's top wedding photographers. She only takes on around 20 weddings a year but the couples she photographs can be assured of not just a memorable album but a wonderful experience. So we were absolutely thrilled when Nadin chose the Lily Blanche Gold Memory Keeper Locket as a memento of her own wedding which is happening on the Hebridean island of Harris next month.
You will need: A Lily Blanche Memory Keeper Locket Laptop; Printer; 15mm (0.6 inch) craft punch; 130gsm self adhesive photographic paper.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2HF1jBa0Gw
- First choose your images. Pick strong portrait shots which are clear and unfussy and where there is a bit of space around the head (ie the top of the head is not cut off or up against the edge of the photograph) Single headshots work best at this size.
The Pantone Colour of the year 2018 has been announced and it is - drum-roll please - 18-3838, ultraviolet. We're going to be seeing a lot of purple in the new year. Lily Blanche Purple Amethyst lockets, earrings and rings are bang on trend.
Here is what Pantone has to say about its choice. "Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own
A number of cutomers have asked us if we are participating in Black Friday. This year we have decided we will. Our code is Friday15 and you can use it throughout the Lily Blanche website now. It is valid till midnight Monday December 2. We are doing so mainly because some of our stockists are participating in Black Friday and our over-riding philosophy is that our most loyal customers should always get our best offers.
Christmas falls on a Monday this year which means that there are fewer posting days than usual before Christmas. Below are the last possible posting dates for Christmas delivery but to guarantee your jewellery arrives in plenty time, do please order as early as you can, firstly because we will sell out of some popular items and we'd hate to disappoint you and secondly because although the postal service is heroic, it is human and fallible and very occasionally things will go wrong. Happy shopping!
They say that one good deed deserves another and while I've always been a bit suspect of the concept of karma - bad things happen to good people too - I do like the idea of spreading a little bit of love or joy. I believe small acts can, cumulatively, make a big difference.
Recently we've started working with the review company Trustpilot. Trustpilot sends out an email on our behalf to Lily Blanche online customers asking them to review the jewellery and their experience with us. I was quite nervous about this but I've been really touched and bouyed up by the lovely messages our customers have left. You can read them here
"No matter who my dad met, he always seemed to touch people and leave that special something"
When Lily Blanche customer Helen Thompson got in touch last month to tell us she had chosen the Gold Feather Locket for her mum Beryl and wanted to give it to her on her birthday in memory of her father, David we were touched by her thoughtfulness and offered to fill the locket for her.
When we saw the photo of David in his hat, we were smitten and wanted to know more about the charmer in the panama. Helen told us that David and Beryl had met at a mutual friend’s wedding when Beryl offered to buy David a drink. It was the start of a great romance. They were engaged and married within the year. That was 40 years ago. Sadly David lost his battle with cancer just before their ruby wedding anniversary and so Helen’s parents didn’t get to celebrate their special day together.“I took mum away to a place we went as kids and we celebrated it together with dad in spirit,” Helen says.