14 Dec




Our good friends at Scottish Hampers are offering Tartan Twist aficionados the chance to win one of their delicious Port and Blue Cheese hampers worth over £50.  It’s the perfect treat for Christmas, New Year or for those cold winter nights when all you want to do is curl up in front of the fire with a glass of port.

All you have to do to enter is tell us your favourite taste of Scotland  – whether it be the salty tang of a kipper at breakfast or the warm glow of a dram of single malt at a Highland New Year. Email your entries to  before Jan 24th. Don’t forget to add your name and address. The winner will be announced on Burn’s Night on our blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Scottish Hampers has a wide range of delicious hampers filled with the best of Scottish produce – from Scottish preserves and chutneys to cured meats and smoked salmon. Choose one of their ready-made hampers or build your own from a range of 300 top quality Scottish produce items. You can check out their range of Christmas hampers and other Scottish hampers at the Scottish Hampers website.


Competition open to UK residents only. All entrants must be over the age of 18.




Going barmy for the Tartan Army

12 Dec

Here is the model Hanne Gaby Odiele doing it her way with a tiny Isabel Marant skirt, white crop-top and black lace-up boots.


For a subtler take on the tartan trend try Tartan Twist’s Filigree Heart Locket on Royal Stewart


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Tartan trends

29 Nov

Tartan is certainly trending this winter. Here is Rag & Bone’s take.


The tartan is Dress Stewart which is a gentle, mellow tartan and works well for weddings and Christenings. If you don’t want the full works al la Rag & Bone, here is our take on Dress Stewart tartan. A touch of tartan works well.

Tartan Twins

25 Nov

We’re not the only ones to think tartan is the ideal look for winter – on the red carpet or off. Here are Emma Watson and Rhianna in the same Alexander McQueen tartan frock.

The tartan is Cameron. The rich yet sophisticated hues of Cameron tartan are perfect for spicing up your wardrobe this winter and our Jewel Heart necklace and bracelet are the perfect way to add a touch of tartan  if you don’t want to go for a entire tartan outfit.

Busy Times

13 Apr

It’s busy in the Tartan Twist studio just now. We’re putting together our new collections which will be ready soon. The process works like this. The team collectively pools its ideas and inspirations . Then Gillian and the design studio team in Stirling work up sketches and mood boards. Our inspirations for the new collections come from: Robert Burns; butterflies and flowers; and the idea of guardian angels.

Once we have a finished idea of the pieces we start looking at materials, often trying several different stones or colours before we hit on the correct one. The studio then starts putting together prototypes. Focus-group testing comes next and we make adjustments depending on the comments we get back from the focus groups. Once the final prototypes have been approved, the new collections are costed and we start putting together the supply chain.

Lyndsey and the head office team get working wth the photographer to create the right images of the new pieces. Then the Edinbrgh team starts laying out a new Look Book incorpoating the new pieces. The Look Book goes to print and the publicity team starts working on publicising the new pieces. The new collections go onto the website. Before that, we send advanced copies of the Look Book to our exisiting customers to give them the first chance to see and order the new collections. Then the studio goes into overdrive fulfiling orders for the new pieces. We’ll let you know when their available to view.

Love Gillian x

Merry Twistmas and a Happy New You

28 Dec

Happy New Year

Tartan Twist Scottish Fashion Award Nominations

It’s been a busy year for Tartan Twist. In addition to serving the 120 shops which stock Tartan Twist and our children’s brand, Teeny Tartan Twist, we’ve had a record number of sales on our website. We’ve taken a new collection to The London International Jewellery Show and we’ve been working hard on new designs for Tartan Twist which will be unveiled soon.

But undoubtedly the highlight of our year has been our nomination as Jewellery and Accessories Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards in association with VOUGE.COM. The really pleasing thing is the prestige of the Awards which are judged by some of the top names in international fashion. They include: Brian Duffy, the Head of Ralph Lauren Europe, Brigitte Stepputis, Head of Couture Vivienne Westwood, Nathalie Colin, Creative Director of Swarovski, the designer Amanda Wakeley, Professor Wendy Dagworthy, Head of Fashion & Textiles at RCA, London, Hilary Alexander fashion Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Lucy Yeomans, editor of Harper’s Bazaar. The red carpet ceremony in Glasgow was fun and the whole process gave us an enormous boost.

We go into 2011 full of anticipation and excitement for the new developments. Wishing all our loyal – and well-accessorised – customers a happy and fulfilling 2011.

From Gillian & Lyndsey and the team at Tartan Twist

We left our Hearts in Magical Murano….

3 Aug

….Luckily, we decided to bring back our Jewel Hearts instead so all our lucky customers can have a taste of Magical Murano!

It’s not hard to see where the inspiration comes from for the colours in our Murano glass Jewel Hearts. The incredible light on the waters of Venice’s Grand Canal and the sun glinting off the mosaics and frescos gives the island a magical feel.

We’re just back from a visit to our glass suppliers on the tiny and picturesque Island of Murano, just off Venice. Murano glass is the finest glass in the world. Only those glassmakers on the island are qualified to make it. As a result it has been sought after by collectors worldwide.

Murano’s reputation as a centre for glassmaking was established in 1291 when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction to the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to the island of Murano. The glass is still made by hand on the Island in the traditional manner.

Our trip to Murano gave us plenty of inspiration for new collections and we discovered brilliant new colours and shapes. Ricardo led us into the back of the shop and gave us boxes of glass beads to rake through. We also watched some of the glass being made by a glassblower working the sticky molten glass on a long pole.

Our Jewel Heart Collection of necklaces, earrings and bracelets are all made with Murano glass. In our pieces, sterling silver is shot though the glass to give it its special appeal. There is a subtlety to the hues of glass which works particularly well with tartan. Our Amethyst Jewel Heart on Lindsay tartan, Sapphire Jewel Heart on Douglas tartan and Emerald Jewel Heart on BlackWatch are best-selling pieces. The Hearts look fabulous on the plain satin ribbons too.

We intersperse the small Murano glass hearts with freshwater pearls for our Jewel Heart Bracelets and trim them with tartan or satin ribbons. They make perfect presents. Our matching Jewel Heart Earrings are also extremely popular and cost a third less than similar Murano earrings in John Lewis!

Two days soaking up the marvellous atmosphere in the unique city of Venice was bliss. I expect we’ll find another excuse to visit Ricardo and Antonella on Murano again soon!

Happy Shopping

Gillian & Lyndsey