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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Most of Britain’s monarchs were crowned in the impressive Gothic abbey church, and it’s also the location for most royal marriages and funerals. As well as a living church, it’s also one of the capital’s favourite visitor attractions, attracting over a million people each year. You can appreciate how vital it is for the Abbey’s gift shop to get its offer right when it comes to high quality mementos.

Mallards has been creating quality souvenirs for Westminster Abbey’s gift shop since we began designing bespoke heritage jewellery in 2004. There are so many exquisite details to inspire us, and it’s a real pleasure to be able to use our creative imaginations at the Abbey.

 


House of Commons

The Houses of Parliament Shop stocks a wide range of fascinating and pertinent gifts. We’ve been creating bespoke heritage jewellery with the retail team at the Houses of Parliament Shop for several years now – and there is still so much more here to inspire us!

From watches based on the famous Queen Elizabeth Clock Tower dial to a pendant shaped like the famous House of Commons portcullis emblem, we’ve worked closely with the retail team to produce quality souvenirs that really appeal to their customers.

 


National Lobster Hatchery

The National Lobster Hatchery in Padstow in Cornwall is a conservation, research and education charity. It aims to help conserve vulnerable lobster populations, which also protects the livelihood of fishing communities. The National Lobster Hatchery has a visitor centre, where you can see learn about the charity’s essential work – and meet the current resident lobsters!

As Mallards’ founder Douglas grew up on the Cornish Coast, this is a conservation programme close to our hearts. The lobster is a lovely shape to work with, both graceful and intricate, and it makes absolutely stunning silver jewellery.


Gloucester Cathedral

We’re delighted to be working with the gift shop at beautiful Gloucester Cathedral. The building is mainly late medieval, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, which from our point of view, means lots of inspirational architectural details.

As well as these, there are many captivating stories around the Cathedral and its history, from standing in for Hogwarts’ cloisters in the Harry Potter films to having one of the earliest depictions of football carved in the choir stalls. There’s a lot here to capture the imagination – perfect for creating original bespoke jewellery.


Royal Museums Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich makes up a collection of some of London’s finest attractions: The National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House. All four attractions form part of the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We’re delighted to work with the Royal Museums Greenwich shop, which sells high quality and relevant gifts. Maritime Greenwich is wonderful place to find inspiration for bespoke heritage watches with its themes of time, exploration, and science. We’ve created a replica Nelson pocket watch for the National Maritime Museum, as well a collection of watches for the Royal Observatory.


Princess Yachts

We work with commercial as well as heritage clients, and we were contacted by Princess Yachts to design and make a silver lapel pin. Princess Yachts have been producing the most spectacular luxury yachts for over fifty years from their shipyard in historic Plymouth.

Their logo is a distinctive little crown – a perfect shape for an elegantly discreet lapel pin for Princess Yacht’s discerning customers. Every detail has to be perfect, and the butterfly clutch pin back is also sterling silver. We made sure that the lapel pin box was flawless too, and we worked with the company’s pantones to ensure we used exactly the right shade of blue.


Cornish Tea

Cornish Tea was founded in 2012 and now has a global following of enthusiastic tea drinkers. Grown in Kenya but full of Cornish attitude, a cup of their much-loved Smugglers’ Brew is a real restorative pleasure.

We worked with Cornish Tea to create an appealing little silver teapot charm based on their logo. The teapot is the endearing pot-bellied variety known as a “Brown Betty”. This iconic British pot is said to make the best tea, as there’s plenty of room for swirling in its plump little shape. It certainly makes an attractive little charm!


Individual Clients

We’re also approached by individual clients who haven’t been able to find that perfect piece of jewellery off the shelf. We’ve been commissioned to create jewellery for a special event, for example a graduation. Sometimes, there may be emblem or image that has great significance for an individual, such as the handsome SAS badge we designed and made for a retired officer. If a customer needs a one-off original piece of jewellery, we’re always happy to discuss it with them.


Tewkesbury Abbey

Beautiful Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire is part of a former Benedictine priory, dating back to the 12th century. It’s a stunning example of Norman architecture, with an especially tall and fine Romanesque tower.

With architectural details ranging from curved Norman arches to medieval misericords to Victorian stained glass, there’s a lot here to captivate us and fire our imaginations. We’re really excited to be working with the Abbey’s gift shop, not least because the shop itself is housed in a 12th and 14th century chapel!


St Ewe Eggs

We’re hatching plans with Cornish free-range egg farmers, St Ewe… At Mallards, we’re big fans of their superb free-range eggs, and so we’re delighted to team up with them.

St Ewe started around 30 years ago when Ventonwyn Farm near Truro diversified into poultry farming. The St Ewe team know that “happy hens make tasty eggs”, and their chickens definitely come first! They spend their days happily outdoors in the fresh Cornish air, coming indoors at night to roost in their spacious accommodation. St Ewe and Mallards will be working together to create bespoke items that celebrate these delicious eggs!


Emma Griffin Photography

Mallards has just started working with wonderful Cornwall-based photographer, Emma Griffin. To celebrate the start of an exciting new working relationship, Douglas designed and created a gorgeous little eye pendant based on Emma’s logo.

The eye logo sums up Emma’s perceptive approach. She describes herself as a “visual storyteller”, as her images tell the tale behind the subject she’s photographing. With a background in fine art and fashion, and a shared love with Douglas of the Cornish coast, Emma is the perfect photographer to capture Mallards’ brand.


The Royal Marines Shop

The Royal Marines shop is run by the Royal Marines Association, and was set up as a social enterprise in 2012. The e-commerce shop sells quality branded merchandise to Royal Marines and their families and friends; and the profits are donated to the Royal Marines Charities.

Mallards will be working with the Royal Marines retail team on creating a collection of exclusive items. The jewellery is inspired by the Corps’ long heritage, and will include a range of designs and materials. It’s an honour to work with such an illustrious institution; and we hope our line of jewellery will help the retail team raise funds for the Marines’ charities.


Exeter Cathedral

Exeter Cathedral is a medieval Anglican church, and Seat of the Bishop of Exeter. It has the United Kingdom’s best collection of medieval misericords (the carved underside of a folding wooden seat, often used in choir stalls), including what’s probably the first British depiction of an elephant. There’s also an unusual fourteenth-century minstrel’s gallery, an astronomical clock that dates back to 1484, and some of the finest stained glass in the country (thankfully in storage during Exeter’s WWII bombing).

At Mallards, we love cathedrals: there are so many glorious architectural details and historic stories to inspire our imaginations, and Exeter is especially rich in details. We’re delighted to be working with the gift shop at Exeter Cathedral, where we’ll be designing and making a range of unique silver gifts.


The House of Lords

The House of Lords, often referred to simply as “The Lords”, is the second chamber (or “Upper House” of the UK Parliament. The role of the Lords is to help shape the laws of the country, and forms a check to the work of the government. The Lords’ Chamber is in Westminster Palace, as is the Commons, and visitors are welcome to watch a sitting.

And of course, where there are visitors, there are usually gift shops! Mallards is working alongside the team at the Houses of Parliament shop. We’re creating a range of bespoke silver gifts for their House of Lords collection.


SAMA82

The South Atlantic Medal Association 82 (SAMA82) is an organisation set up to provide support, comradeship and a platform for veterans of the Falklands conflict. The charity was founded in 1997, the 15th anniversary of the conflict. It is named after the medal that was awarded to both serving personnel and civilians after the conflict, over 33,000 individuals in total. The “82” refers to the year the Islands were invaded, fought for, and regained.

 

SAMA82 has an online shop which aims to raise funds for the charity. We’re honoured that SAMA82 approached us to work with them; and to date, we’ve created a sterling silver medal.