If you are looking for a truly special gift or keepsake, I have discovered The Eternity Rose – a company specialising in precious-metal-coated or glazed natural roses.
They use roses from their own nurseries, tended by their skilled horticulturists. When the roses have reached their ideal stage of growth, they are hand-picked and subjected to a long and complex preservation process which results in a blossom that will never tarnish or deteriorate over time.
Their flagship product is the 24kt gold dipped natural rose (£119) but The Eternity Rose also creates some exquisitely beautiful pieces of jewellery all of which would make a unique gift for birthdays or Christmas and a really romantic gift for weddings and anniversaries.
I was sent a beautiful Purple Glazed Rose Heart pendant (£51) and it is a beautiful and very unusual piece. Made using real miniature rose petals edged with 24kt gold, the heart is surrounded by 21 radiant synthetic diamonds to add sparkle.
The pendant comes on a matching 24 karat gold multi-link chain and is presented in a lovely velvet pouch for safe storage.
My pendant also came with a Certificate of Authenticity, guaranteeing that the piece was made from natural miniature rose petals which have been glazed and embossed with 24kt gold.
The pendant is a decent size and the chain is good quality. You may wish to substitute the chain if you want a longer pendant but I found mine sat just right around my neck.
There are a range of colour options, including red, pink, white, purple and blue plus sets with earrings, dipped vases and gifts for him such as 24 kt dipped poker cards and even golf balls.
I love the romantic ethos of The Eternity Rose and their pieces would certainly last longer than a bouquet of red roses (and cost a little less!). The colours of the roses can also be matched to wedding anniversaries (for example red for 2nd, purple for 6th). Much nicer than cotton or iron!
Actually, Mat and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary on 25th September this year and I’m pretty glad he didn’t get me anything made from iron (or an iron, come to that!). My wedding bouquet was of dark red roses studded with imitation diamonds so my pendant very much reminds me of it.
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Best of all, I have an Eternity Rose Heart Pendant worth £51 in the colour of your choice to give away. Entry is via the Rafflecopter and the usual terms and conditions apply which you can find on my giveaways page.
The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday 24th November. Make sure you complete all the mandatory entries and tell me your favourite gift from The Eternity Rose in the blog comments.