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Fresh Fleeces

Trust us to deliver

We know it takes a lot of trust to buy a piece of jewellery from us online.  That's why we have teamed with Trustpilot, one of the world's largest customer review platforms, to give you confidence buying our silver sheep jewellery.

When Avril, our founder, set up Fresh Fleeces she ensured excellent customer care was at the heart of everything we do.  She says:  "I get really annoyed when things I buy online are disappointing and companies are hard to deal with.  Buying a piece of jewellery, whether for you or as a gift, should be enjoyable.  I am a very honest and open person and that's how I want Fresh Fleeces to do business"

We have a no-quibble guarantee and if you are not completely happy with any piece of sheep jewellery you buy from us, then we will go out of our way to put a smile on your face.  And if somehow we are unable to do that, then you'll get a full refund straight away...we can't say fairer than that!

We also have no hidden charges and prices included worldwide insured delivery.

A lot of our sheep jewellery sales are via word of mouth and we believe that our customer service is what drives this.  Avril says: "If you are happy then you tell your friends and it's great to get that personal endorsement."

Trustpilot collects reviews from customers a few weeks after they have received their jewellery.  This gives them a real chance to wear our jewellery and give an honest review of both our jewellery and customer service.

We are delighted to be one of the top 100 companies (No 44 at the minute!) in the very competitive jewellery category.  For a small company from Northern Ireland to be holding their own against the larger businesses worldwide is a great accolade and one we are very proud of.

We have made a short video featuring what our customers say and we'd love you to watch!  As always you can keep in touch with our team by following this link.

Happy birthday little sheep!

It's the 7th birthday of our first silver sheep necklace!

Our designer Avril has been making jewellery for many years.  But a long-time fascination with fine silver wire and a contrast of metal textures , alongside a lifelong love of sheep, led to our first necklace.

The first design was broadly based on the Suffolk breed along with a little touch of Shaun the Sheep cuteness!

It takes many metres of very pure and soft fine silver wire to make one of these pendants.  The fleece is carefully coiled by hand before the head and legs are soldered on.  One change over the years has been the addition of black enamel to make the contrast black of the head and legs really pop.

Each little sheep is made by hand from start to finish and we think this handmade quality makes each one unique. A certain tilt of the head can change an angelic little sheep into quite a playful character!

We have added to this range over the years and have sheep facing a variety of directions along with groups of 3 sheep that we call our Flock range.  We also have matching earrings, brooches, bracelets and even cufflinks for the men.  Have a look in our online store for the full range.

Happy birthday little one!

Win £100 of our jewellery!

We are offering one lucky winner each month £100 of Fresh Fleeces' vouchers to treat yourself to one of our pieces of sheep jewellery!

It's very easy to enter.  Simply make sure you are on our mailing list...here is the link:

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At the end of each month we will randomly select a winner from the email list.  Just stay on the list to keep entering!  We won't bombard you with emails*, just our latest news, special offers and of course news of sheep, cow and other animal jewellery we are working on. 

*If it all gets a bit too much sheep jewellery news for your liking then just shout stop (unsubscribe) and we promise not to bother you!!

A sheep for Mother's Day?

We don't mean a real sheep, although she might like that too!  For sheep lovers old and young we have a wide range of silver sheep jewellery gifts for the special lady in your life.

Mum, wife, sister, aunt or someone who is like a mum to you, you know who she is!  Mother's Day in the UK is on Sunday 11 March, so still some time left to plan how you are going to treat the fabulous female in your life this year.

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We cater for all tastes from bracelets to brooches, necklaces, earrings and more.  Pop along to our online store to see the full range.

If you just can't decide then why not treat her to one of our gift vouchers.  Then she can relax with her cuppa/glass of wine and browse at her leisure!

 

 

 

Baa baa black sheep Friday

We won't be following the flock this Black Friday.

We know many businesses will be offering discounts over the coming days as part of Black Friday.  Here at Fresh Fleeces we are choosing instead to use the day to focus on our range of black sheep jewellery.

As a small business working with a team of talented silversmiths we take great pride in our high standards.  We also take pride in our commitment to keeping our jewellery as keenly priced as possible all year round...not just one day of the year.

So you won't find prices slashed and cheap end of season pieces on our website...just the same quality handmade silver sheep jewellery gifts we make all the time.

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Black Sheep jewellery...

Last Christmas order dates for Fresh Fleeces' sheep & cow jewellery

We know it's still some time away, but Christmas order dates for some parts of the world at looming.  We don't want you saying "Baa humbug" if you discover you have left it too late to order a piece of our sheep or cow jewellery for delivery before Christmas Day!

We use Royal Mail insured service for our UK and international services.  All delivery is FREE, wherever in the world you live!

Here are the dates we need to get you order by to ensure the parcel reaches you in time for Christmas.*

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*These times are based on the last postage recommendations of Royal Mail and are not exhaustive.  Please get in touch to confirm any other destinations.  All parcels require a signature and we will email your tracking number on dispatch so you can check progress.

Charming choices!

We now have 4 choices for each of our sheep and cow charms and have produced this short guide to help you decide.

When ordering your silver sheep or cow charm please choose from the following options:

  • Charm & silver belcher bracelet (£129) - This is the charm attached to a 7.5" silver belcher bracelet.  See example of silver sheep charm bracelet below.
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silver swivel charm fitting

 

  • Charm only (£89) - This is the charm with a silver swivel clip fastening.  The charm can be attached to most bracelet and necklace chains.

 

 

  • Pandora-style charm and Pandora-style bracelet (£129)- This is our charm with a Pandora-style fastening on a sterling silver Pandora-style bracelet.  More Fresh Fleeces Pandora-style charms can be added to this bracelet as well as beads and charms from brands such as Pandora, Chamilia etc. See photo of Pandora-style sheep charm below (please note additional beads are for illustration purposes only and do not come with the bracelet).
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Pandora-style silver charm fitting
  • Pandora-style charm only (£89) - This is our charm attached to a Pandora-style bead fastening.  This can be added to a Pandora-style bracelet you already have.

 

 

 

We hope this helps you make the right choice for you.  If you need any further advice then do get in touch and one of our team will be happy to help.

More sheep gifts for him!

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When we started back in 2011 we only made sheep necklaces, earrings and brooches.  As ladies started to wear their Fresh Fleeces' creation, soon we had requests from men to make something for them.

Now we are further expanding our range for men by adding some sheep tie pins and lapel badges to the collection.  These match the heavyweight sterling silver sheep cufflinks already in our shop.

Do let us know if you have any other ideas for sheep jewellery gifts you would like to see us make.

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Black sheep tiepin

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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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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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.

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 pendant necklace
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.

http://www.freshfleeces.com/products/looking-at-moo-silver-cow-cufflinks

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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.

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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