13 November 2018
THE BALMORAL GOES FOR GOLD WITH HAMILTON & INCHES THIS CHRISTMAS
The Edinburgh hotel partners with leading Scottish jeweller to celebrate its forthcoming collection in Scottish gold.
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Edinburgh, has partnered with Scotland’s most iconic jewellery house, Hamilton & Inches, to prove all that glistens is, in fact, gold this Christmas. Inspired by Hamilton & Inches’ upcoming Scottish gold collection, The Balmoral’s festive installation this year will transform the hotel into a gilded hub for the capital’s holiday celebrations.
At the landmark hotel, a 15ft spruce tree - hand painted with gold leaf - will take centre stage in the lobby, its branches offset with glittering gold accents and crystal touches in a nod to the pieces found in Hamilton & Inches’ showroom. These gilded adornments will continue throughout the property and into the hotel’s leading signature suite, the Scone & Crombie, which will also be given the Midas touch. Throughout the festive period, Bar Prince at The Balmoral will be serving an exclusive Scottish Gold cocktail for all to enjoy.
As an official jeweller for Scotland’s first commercial gold mine, an inaugural batch of refined 22 carrat Scottish gold was designated to Hamilton & Inches earlier this year. The new collection – which is set to launch in early 2019 - promises to be a celebration of Scotland’s jewellery heritage, each piece crafted with the purpose of creating a future heirloom.
The relationship between the two luxury brands, however, was first forged in 1902 when Hamilton & Inches created the hotel’s majestic clock. In tribute to this shared heritage, the workshops of Hamilton & Inches have also been commissioned to create a limited edition Balmoral charm which recreates the hotel’s iconic clock tower in both gold and silver form. Available to purchase both from the hotel and the Edinburgh jewellery house, it will also feature in a bespoke festive turndown for the Scone & Crombie suite.
Hamilton & Inches has also created The Golden Christmas Experience for the Scone & Crombie. Leaving from the hotel, guests will be transported to the Cononish gold and silver mine near Tyndrum in the Highlands, to see Scottish Gold being extracted from the earth. They will be welcomed back to the jeweller’s Edinburgh showroom for a private audience with Master Jeweller, Chay McClory, who will discuss the creation of a piece of bespoke handcrafted jewellery made from Scottish gold. A drawing of the piece will be presented to the guests during their stay and crafted in the weeks following their visit. The hospitality from The Balmoral will include airport transfers and two Scottish Gold cocktails to be enjoyed in Bar Prince.
Richard Cooke, General Manager of The Balmoral, said: “The Balmoral and Hamilton & Inches enjoy a historic friendship based on the same dedication to service, craftsmanship and family values. Ahead of this Scottish first for the jewellery industry we wanted to turn the lobby into a celebration of the forthcoming Scottish Gold collection – and what better way than a tree glowing in gold?”
Stephen Paterson, Chief Executive of Hamilton & Inches, said: “What could be more exciting this Christmas than the opportunity to celebrate Hamilton & Inches’ forthcoming Scottish Gold collection with a Golden Christmas spectacular in the surroundings of our capital’s most prestigious address, The Balmoral? We are thrilled that the magic of our centuries-old craftsmanship, and the anticipation of our future Scottish Gold designs and treasures is being honoured in this way.”
The Balmoral’s Golden Christmas installation will be unveiled on Monday 19th November 2018.
The Balmoral charm, starting from £85, will be available from The Balmoral or from Hamilton & Inches in store or online from the 1st December – with pre-orders available on the Hamilton & Inches website throughout November www.hamiltonandinches.com/balmoralcharm
The Golden Christmas Experience costs £20,000 which includes the creation of a bespoke piece of jewellery in Scottish gold to the value of £5,000 and will be available between 1st December 2018 and 7th January 2019.
Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark.
The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 contemporary rooms and opulent suites. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant as well as the hotel’s all-day dining venue Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at SCOTCH.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 11 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Assila Hotel, Jeddah. Future openings: Rome in 2019, Shanghai in 2019
Hamilton & Inches
Hamilton & Inches is Scotland’s luxury jewellery house, with distinctive workshops and an iconic customer showroom in the heart of Edinburgh, established in 1866 by Robert Kirk Inches and his uncle, James Hamilton. With 152 years of heritage, the company has three floors of workshops handcrafting fine jewellery and silver as holders of the Royal Warrant for 120 years, and Silversmiths and Clock Specialists to The Queen.
Scottish Gold, from Cononish gold and silver mine near Tyndrum, is ethically sourced and independently certified by Edinburgh Assay Office. The provenance of the gold is assured by a rigorous chain of custody procedure, which tracks and traces the gold from the mine to the refiner, then to the jeweller until it is made into a complete piece of jewellery. Only jewellery stamped by Edinburgh Assay Office with the Scotgold Precious Metals Mark showing a Stag’s Head can be guaranteed as authentic gold from Scotgold. All Scottish gold supplied by Hamilton & Inches is in the purest possible 22 carats.