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Penchant…

If you’re thinking Penchant is one of those fancy French words, you’d be right. It’s pronounced “ponshon”, and is defined as “a definite liking, a strong inclination”. Apparently it’s such a fancy word it’s pronunciation more often than not gets completely stomped on.

DAISIES DAISIES DAISIES! What’s with all the daisies?!

What is it with Penchant Design and all the daisies!? It all started with daisies in 2002. Four daisies to be precise.

Cathy Clayton, founder of Penchant Design, simply loves daisies. So much so in fact that one day she declared “I want a ring with daisies on it!”

So without a second thought, she enrolled in a jewellery making course and emerged with just the ring she’d wanted – a sterling silver band with four little daisies on it. And in the centre of each little daisy was a little gold ball, because gold and silver go just beautifully together.

It was an instant hit. “LOVE your ring! Where did you get it? You MADE it?!! Can I order one?”

Turns out, it’s not only Cathy Clayton who simply loves daisies. A lot of people do, and an idea started to germinate in her busy little mind. And as that idea started to grow, Penchant Design emerged, insignificantly at first and eventually blossoming into the beautiful brand you see before you.

As the Penchant brand took shape, the daisy remained a strong theme. So much so that to epitomise the elegance and grace of our brand we searched high and low for the perfect giraffe, covered her in daisies and named her… Daisy!

It’s difficult to fathom the appeal of the simple daisy and the emotion it evokes. A daisy is 898775682024-169x300cheerful; it’s uplifting; it’s the epitome of sweetness; it’s humble and uncomplicated; but above all, it’s always perfect.
Perhaps it’s the power a daisy holds in it’s ability to determine if he/she loves me or loves me not.
Perhaps it subconsciously reminds one of the innocence of a child’s drawing. Is it not the only flower children ever draw?
How is it that to be given just one single little daisy can lighten ones mood so… one single little daisy?
You’d think a daisy is a daisy is a daisy, and that people would say “enough with all the daisies! Give us something new and exciting!”. But that is simply just not the case. And rightly so, because it’s often the simple little things in life that make it a delight.

Fourteen years later Penchant Design is still designing and making daisy rings, but with a new lady holding the compass – goldsmith and jewellery designer Jackie Hahn, a Stellenbosch University graduate and another daisy fan. The daisy rings are set to continue, and who knows where they’ll end up. But one thing’s for sure, Penchant Design will always be “the shop with the daisies”.

jackie-sitting

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

“What an amazing experience! I will most definitely go back. The sales consultant were so kind and really knew what suited me best for my event. I wish all jewelry places could be like they are. Thank you also for the earrings you specially made for my baby girl back home, next time I’ll bring her along ;)”

Mariaan - January 2019

“When my sister on that day told us to go in and check out what you guys were able to do, I did not for one second think that we would get exactly what we wanted. I mean, this was Franschhoek after all and I could only imagine the rich and famous being able to afford the jewellery that you probably offered. How wrong were we! From the moment you sat us down, and there were a lot of us, you were attentive, friendly, professional and really looked like you were interested in getting us what we wanted as opposed to trying to sell us the world. You instinctively knew what Lisa wanted and you got that for her. When you asked us on the Friday if we were still looking at other places we were amazed that you even thought that, you had totally won us over and we knew you would deliver something special. I think in the end of the day, Lisa is the one that ultimately is the final say in this and judging by how much she loves the ring, I can only say, BRAVO to you and Penchant designs. Please thank the rest of the staff as well as they are all superstars in our opinion!

All the best to you and Penchant designs, you deserve all the success in the world!

 

Cheers,

Deon & Lisa”

Deon & Lisa - January 2019

“Truly beautiful jewelry and very friendly staff. The help they gave was amazing. Worth the 45 minute drive out of Cape Town toFranschhoekk to visit this shop. Thank you for everything.”

Diana - January 2019

“every thing is stunning!!!!!”

Hannah - January 2019

“Love your stuff!”

Melanie - January 2019

“don’t liked it I loved it!!!”

Brenda - January 2019

“I love this shop and the owners.Their designs are beautifully unique and classy . First port of call whenever I am in gorgeous Franschhoek.”

Carolyn - January 2019

“I bought a set of chain and earrings of the exquisite and unique daisy range. This is so special because nowhere else do you get such special design range. I will definitely go back for another special item. Christmas is around the corner and I am going to spoil myself with something special.”

Toy - January 2019

“Thank you SO MUCH to Jackie and everyone from Penchant Design for my absolutely incredibly unique engagement ring! You’ve absolutely exceeded my expectations in a way which I could not have possibly imagined!”

Grethe - January 2019

“Bought a couple pieces at this store. The staff were totally amazing!!! So friendly and helpful, I would definitely recommend this store! Stop by if you get a chance, you won’t be disappointed!!”

Pauline - January 2019

“That is the right word . I don ‘t like it – I love it. Many thanks for the warm welcome and professional love to diamonds. I feel it when wearing my rings. Why are you so far away ? Why didn’t I bought in addition the tanzanite ring ? I definitely have to come back very soon for my 108 diamonds ring with tanzanite. love Christine”

Christine - January 2019

“My husband and I visited Africa from Australia about a month ago and we bought a tanzanite and diamond daisy ring and it is stunning. The people in the shop were so lovely to work with. I absolutely love my ring and the workmanship is just amazing. Thank you for this beautiful ring.”

Debbie - January 2019

“Beautiful modern and classic jewellery at this shop in Franschhoek. My lovely hubby purchased a tanzanite ring and earrings for me for our 30th wedding anniversary in August. Recommend you visit if you are in the region.”

Karen - January 2019

The ring has been a great success and thank you to you amazing service. Georgie loves the ring.

Luke Purdon - June 2018

“Jackie is an absolute blessing!  Her love for her talent compliments her talent even more.  Regtig jys ongelooflik goed!  Ons is baie bevoorreg om jo as ons ontwerper te kan he (ons is verseker nog nie kla nie)!  Opreg dankie vir jo harde werk met ons groot stap jy maak dit net soveel meer skitter met die skoonheid van die ring xxx”

Danielle - December 2017