If you like to support small and shop independent as much as possible then we urge you to support us by shopping early this Christmas. In return, Charlotte Lowe Jewellery will be giving a little extra back to customers who sign up to the Charlotte Lowe Jewellery mailing list. If you aren't already signed up you can do so via the box at the bottom of this page. Our special offers are due to run from mid October until mid November. The earliest shoppers will receive the biggest rewards.
Also, please know if you would like to spilt the cost of your purchase then this can be arranged for you. Simply get in touch and we will send a special order link. Please note: orders won't be dispatched until payment is made in full.
Why are we encouraging early Christmas Shopping?
At Charlotte Lowe Jewellery all purchases throughout the year and the previous Christmas are reviewed to ensure enough stock of each item is available, but you can almost guarantee something you didn't expect too sell so well sells out and there is no time left to replenish it. Then there is the limit to how much you can make in such a sort time as a handmade business. Handcrafted items of course take time to perfect and when time is not on your side the doors have to close early. Last year, we managed to keep going until just a few days before Christmas with a last minute Christmas gifts selection. However, Christmas 2020 forced us to close the doors to orders on 11th December, accepting orders then only for delivery in the new year.
Combating Royal Mail Strikes with UPS Express
Which service should you choose?
At present most items are set to 24hr Tracked Delivery within the UK as standard, with the option to select UPS as an alternative. Express delivery options are also available on some items for an additional fee.
From 21st October I shall be setting the the default option on all deliveries to UPS who offer both a 1-2 day or next day delivery service within the UK. This will likely stay in place at least up until Christmas.
I will be monitoring the situation throughout and may remove Royal Mail's 24hr Tracked service until the new year. Royal Mail Special Delivery may also be removed and re-introduced in December. Although Royal Mail will be prioritising theses parcels and say they have put plans in place to limit disruption, I can’t help but feel concerned that this will have a heavy impact on small businesses and deter customers from shopping online if I don't offer an alternative delivery service. Therefore UPS services will remain available at no extra charge within the UK until at least Christmas.
Want to support Royal Mail?
For those opting to stick with Royal Mail I would advise to place your order as early as possible with the understanding that an orders placed up until Christmas may be subject to delays, particularly within the UK. As we are using high priority services for Royal Mail I don’t anticipate that they will be more than a few days late, but at this stage I’m not really sure how we can know for sure.
For international customers selecting the standard delivery option via Royal Mail I shall ensure all orders are posted a week before their advised last postal date as long as you can ensure your order is placed before the end of November.