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Free Worldwide Delivery

Since we started back in 2011, we have offered free delivery to our 'local' customers in UK & Ireland.  For those further afield we offered a subsidised delivery charge.

Now we are delighted to announce free insured delivery of our sheep jewellery and other ranges to customers across the world.  We use Royal Mail for our postal service and have found their worldwide coverage and service to be excellent.  Delivery takes around 5-7 working days from when the piece of jewellery leaves our studio.

Our sheep jewellery travels well as each piece is securely stowed in a hard eco-plastic box, popped inside a heavyweight felt pouch.  Bubble envelopes are also used so your little sheep will arrive in the same pristine condition it left our studio!

More information on worldwide orders can be found on our website.

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Our charming new additions!

We have been busy all summer creating new pieces for our range of silver sheep jewellery.  As well as working on some new breeds (more information to follow soon!), we have created sheep charm bracelets to match each of our silver sheep breeds.

So now we stock:

  • Sterling silver Suffolk sheep charm and bracelet
  • Sterling silver Herdwick sheep charm and bracelet
  • Sterling silver Zwartbles sheep charm and bracelet
  • Sterling silver Valais Blacknose sheep charm and bracelet
  • Sterling silver Texel sheep charm and bracelet
  • Sterling silver Cheviot sheep charm and bracelet

You can see our full range online now.

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Zwartbles sheep charm bracelet

Zwartbles have been a very popular sheep in the Fresh Fleeces flock.  Their striking black and white markings work really well in silver to create real talking pieces.

Many clients have asked us for a Zwartbles charm bracelet to match their other pieces of Zwartbles jewellery.  So today we are delighted to welcome the new silver Zwartbles charm bracelet to our flock.

This heavyweight piece comes with an oval belcher chain and makes a stunning Zwartbles sheep gift for her.

Zwartbles charm bracelet

Herdwick sheep charm bracelet

Our silver sheep charm bracelets have been very popular and we have had lots of requests to add other sheep breeds to our range.

So today we have launched our new silver Herdwick sheep charm bracelet.  This heavyweight charm is available on its own or attached to a silver oval belcher chain bracelet.  We hope Herdy sheep fans are happy with this new addition to own sheep charm range.

Other breeds are in the pipeline, so keep an eye our for new additions to our silver sheep charm bracelet range soon!

Herdwick sheep charm bracelet

Charming sheep bracelet!

We are delighted to announce our new sterling silver sheep charm and bracelet.

We have often been asked about creating a sheep charm and we think this new addition to our range is sure to be popular.  The charm is made from sterling silver wire soldered to a heavyweight silver base.  This makes for a strong little sheep who doesn't mind being bumped around a bit!

The charm plus heavyweight 7.5" silver bracelet are priced at £129 and the charm on it's own, is £89.

Have a look here for more information.

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Sheep cufflinks are here!

The sun is out, the champagne is on ice (we can dream!) and this means it must be wedding season.

We have made quite a few pairs of sheep cufflinks over the years, but they have not been available in our online shop...until now.  We are delighted in introduce our new sterling silver cufflinks to the range.

They are really heavyweight pieces made out of strong sterling silver and finished with a hard wearing resin to provide the black contrast to the polished silver fleece.  They are presented in our black and silver boxes inside a luxurious embroidered felt pouch and are ready to give as a unique sheep gift for him.

The are priced at £149 and available in our online shop.

New Fresh Fleeces Gift Vouchers

Some people are hard to buy for, and others you know exactly what they would like.  We have created Fresh Fleeces' gift vouchers to make sure everyone is happy!

Available in denominations of £50, £20, £10, £5 and £1, you can create the perfect gift for someone who would love our jewellery.  The vouchers are posted to you in a gift presentation envelope and can be redeemed online for up to a year.

To browse or buy a voucher just visit our gift vouchers page.

Currency conversion for overseas orders

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Jewellery on our website is priced in British Pounds, but we have many customers for our sheep gifts across the world.  When you place a sheep jewellery order to be shipped outside the UK your order will be automatically be converted to your currency at the daily exchange rate by your card provider or Paypal.

To help you with currency conversion we have changed the prices for our products (GBP) into a range of currencies on 4 April 2017*

*Please note that exchange rates will move on a daily basis and we encourage you to check the exact exchange rates at a trusted site such as XE.  Credit/Debit cards and Paypal may charge a fee to exchange.

Love is in the air!

In case you hadn't noticed, Valentine's Day is just around the corner on Tuesday 14 February!

If you have a loved one who likes sheep then you might get some sheepy brownie points with one of our pieces of jewellery.  Perhaps a pair of sheep earrings, a Zwartbles brooch or one of our popular 'Love Ewe' necklaces, would be the perfect gift this year.

Orders placed by 10am this Friday 10 February choosing the Special Delivery option will be with UK customers on Monday 13 February...just in time for the big day!

Last call for commissions!

Do you know we not only sell the sheep and other animals we have in our online shop...but we can also make a piece of jewellery to your exact requirements?

From Hampshire Down cufflinks to Merino necklaces and Wensleydale earrings, we can make them all.  Our final date for bespoke sheep jewellery to ensure Christmas delivery is next Wednesday 14 December.

So if you know someone who would love to find something a little bit different under the tree, do get in touch.  Click here to read more about our commissioning service .

Ta da...meet the Texels!

You have been asking for this breed for quite a while, and we are delighted to welcome the Texels to the Fresh Fleeces' flock.

As soon as you see a Texel sheep you instantly recognise that face shape and nose.  Our designer Avril likes to run around the local countryside, and often has flocks of these curious faces peaking out at her as she plods past in her bright yellow t-shirt (who is this crazy lady)!

Perhaps it's because there are so many in our local area, or maybe it's because they look so cuddly... but we just love them and hope you do too.

This is the final addition to our range for 2016.  As always, if you have any other breed suggestions, do let us know.

Welcome the Cheviot sheep!

We have 3 sheep breeds in our range; Zwartbles, Herdwicks and Valais Blacknose.  We often receive requests for other breeds to be added to our flock and are pleased to announce the arrival of Cheviot sheep.

These sheep have distinctive faces and we captured their ear, face and nose detail by engraving and oxidising their heads.  We sent our prototype pendant to a Facebook fan who had asked about the breed.  Once she gave our little Cheviot sheep the thumbs up, we started work on the rest of our range.

We hope you like the result and look forward to hearing what you think.

If you have any ideas for new sheep breed we could make then do get in touch.

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Cheviot sheep silver stud earrings

Big thank-you to all our fabulous customers!

Fresh Fleeces have been selling our sheep jewellery online for over a year now, and we really wanted to hear what our customers think of our products and service.  We recently carried out an email survey asking about the Fresh Fleeces experience.

We know inboxes around the country are often flooded with survey requests so we are very pleased so many of you took part.  We were overwhelmed by the number of customers who got in touch to complete the survey, well above the average industry response rate.

Quality is at the heart of all our work and each piece of jewellery is made by one of our experienced silversmiths.  So we were absolutely delighted that over 95% of customers thought their jewellery was high or very high quality.

So many of you commented on our customer service and we are so happy to hear this.  We really do try and go the extra mile to make sure Fresh Fleeces customers are happy.  If anything should go wrong with the service we try our best to leave you with a smile!

We also received some really useful information on other types of jewellery you would like to see.  It's great to hear your ideas for new designs, so do drop us a message if you have some ideas you would like to see in our shop.

We created this visual word-cloud from the results of the survey.  We thought it was a fun and easy way to capture our customer's responses!

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Sheep spotting in Wales!

I am just back from a family holiday in Wales and thought I would share this photo of my three children spotting sheep.  We went to the Llyn Peninsula and as well as the beautiful scenery and beaches there were lots of sheep.

My two older children were able to tell some of the different breeds, while my youngest simply shouted "BAAAAA" at them!  I think all the sheep talk they hear from me must be rubbing off :-)

Now it's back to the studio for an exciting summer of new product development and making more stock. I hope you all have a lovely summer wherever you are spending it.

Avril

Designer, Fresh Fleeces

"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

My three little lambs spotting sheep in Aberdaron, Wales

My three little lambs spotting sheep in Aberdaron, Wales

Come and see our new etchings!

Our head Designer Avril Manderson has been perfecting the art of silver etching for many years.  Finally, she has got round to adding a touch of etched magic to the Fresh Fleeces collection. Working with international artists, we have launched the first few pieces of a new range of etched silver jewellery.

Silver is etched by first masking areas of the silver to provide protection to the metal.  The silver sheet is then submerged in a bath of aicd that eats away any uncovered areas.  This process is a delivate balancing act...not long enough in the bath and the image won't be deep enough, while too long can mean the silver is entirely dissolved.

Once the piece has been removed and cleaned, the sheet of silver can then be formed into pieces of jewellery.  Areas that have been etched are then darkened by oxidising the silver and a brushed finish is the perfect way to bring the piece to life.

Each piece is handmade and the details will vary slightly from piece to piece.  You can be sure your etched Fresh Fleeces jewellery is a one-of-a-kind to treasure forever!

The first two pieces are now online, with more to follow soon.

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"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

Finally the horses are here!

Although sheep make up most of the Fresh Fleeces range, horses have also been a passion of mine from an early age.

Every spare hour, and most school holidays, we spent at the local riding stables.  Whether mucking out, grooming or going for a canter in the fields, I was in horsey heaven!  It wasn't until I was 15 that I finally got a horse of my own.  My sister Naomi and I had many great adventures with 'Cherry'.

I have always had an idea to add some horses to the Fresh Fleeces range and after much experimenting, have finally got there.  The manes and tails of horses lend themselves so well to be replicated in fine silver wire.

You can view the range here at: http://www.freshfleeces.com/products?category=Horses

As always we would love to hear what you think.

"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

Avril with Cherry in his old age!

Avril with Cherry in his old age!

Help us build our jewellery range

Spring is just around the corner and we are busy thinking about exciting plans for Fresh Fleeces this year.  We are going to add to our current range of jewellery, as well as introducing some new characters to the fold.  

As always, we love to hear what you think.  Are you hankering after Swaledale earrings, Hebridean charms, or maybe Texel cufflinks .  Or perhaps you would like to see Zwartbles drop earrings, Suffolk bracelets or Highland cow cufflinks...you get the idea!

We have also had requests for other animals, from rabbits to llamas and goats to penguins...is there an animal you think would benefit from the Fresh Fleeces treatment, then we would love to know.

Our 3 new sheep breeds of Herdwicks, Zwartbles and Valais Blacknose were all added last year after requests from people like you...so please get in touch if you have an idea.

Drop us an email (info@freshfleeces.com), comment on Facebook, send us a Tweet...we would love to hear from you...and if your design is successful we may even send you a surprise!

"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

Last orders for Christmas delivery

We are super busy getting all your little sheep and cows ready for Christmas.  Our final date for orders is Monday 21st December to ensure all parcels will be with you in time to put under the tree!

We are super busy getting all your little sheep and cows ready for Christmas.  Our final date for orders is Monday 21st December to ensure all parcels will be with you in time to put under the tree!

"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

A visit to the Zwartbles!

There was a lot of excitement last weekend for our first ever trip to meet some Zwartbles!

A local Zwartbles owner called Judy kindly invited me, and my 2 oldest lambs, for a visit to her flock. We were super excited to meet these stunning sheep...and we weren't disappointed.

Despite all the research I have carried out on the breed for our range of oxidised silver Zwartbles jewellery, they were quite different in real life.  They were much larger than I had imagined and don't get me started on those fleeces...wow, super thick and soft.

The rams were extremely friendly and one called Arthur was happy to munch on some carrots we brought as a treat.  The ewes were so delicate and inquisitive, though understandably a little skitterish in the face of my boisterous companions!

I chose to make the Zwartbles range due to the numerous requests I received to create this type of jewellery.  I was immediately drawn to their striking markings, but now I have been totally won over by their delightful temperament.

Judy has promised a return visit to see her lambs next year and we can't wait!

Avril

"Fresh Fleeces is a company specialising in handmade silver jewellery based on sheep and other countryside animals. Based in Northern Ireland, our team of talented silversmiths make the entire Fresh Fleeces range of jewellery by hand.  Our jewellery is the perfect sheep gift for someone special. We offer insured delivery as standard and ship orders worldwide.

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