Donations required for 2012 Banchory Bangle

Award-winning jeweller and engraver Malcolm Appleby is again designing the stunning Banchory Bangle to raise money in aid of CHILDREN 1ST.

However the high cost of gold in recent times has meant a reduction in the income raised for the charity and this year Malcolm is appealing for donations of gold and silver from the public to offset the cost of making the bangles.

Dr Appleby has designed a new bangle every year since the 1970s for the Touch of Tartan ball, which raised a staggering £150,000 in 2011 for children’s charity, CHILDREN 1ST.

Karen Moore, senior corporate fundraiser for CHILDREN 1ST in Aberdeen, said:

“The Banchory Bangle generates a great deal of income for the charity and we really appreciate the amazing creativity and intricate work which goes into bringing these pieces to life each year.

“We would really appreciate any donations of gold and silver to help make these beautiful items of jewellery.

“The money raised at the Touch of Tartan ball allows CHILDREN 1ST to build a brighter future for vulnerable children and young people here in the North-east of Scotland.”

Every year, Dr Appleby’s bangle is a highly sought after accessory in the North-east of Scotland and the rest of the world. This theme for this year’s bangle will be ‘Flowers of the Forest’.

Dr Appleby said: “I always try to make the bangle look different every year. ‘Flowers of the Forest’ will be made from silver, forged and struck with some of my hand cut dies with scrolling vines, flowers, deer, and doves, and adding more flowers to the surface making a bold, sculptural texture.”

Past copies of the Banchory Bangles can be viewed at The Wee Boorachie, Milton of Crathes and at Dr Appleby’s workshop at Grandtully, Perthshire.

Donations of gold and silver can sent to the CHILDREN 1ST Aberdeen Office, 36 Carden Place, Aberdeen AB10 1UP, or by contacting Brenda Larkin on (01330) 822638.

For more information about how CHILDREN 1ST works to keep children safe in Scotland, visit www.children1st.org.uk

* Dr Appleby is an internationally-known engraver who is generally regarded as one of the most original working in contemporary metal today.

His work ranges from the sculptural table centrepiece collection for Bute House - the residence of Scotland’s First Minister - to the tiny detailed silver buttons that have almost become his trademark (and which adorn many a kilt jacket).