Heathergems Jewellery Boutique

A Scents Of Scotland is very proud to be a stockist of stunning Heathergems, a unique and imaginative range of Scottish jewellery and giftware, made in Pitlochry, Scotland, from natural heather stems. Heathergems are a family run business and are the only manufacturers of this unique Scottish product anywhere in the world.

Heathergems have been produced since the 1950s, shortly after the Second World War, when certain types of wood were rationed and could only be used for limited purposes. A group of four men set up a workshop near Loch Lomond, where they used small branches of beech wood compressed together to produce flooring tiles. However, the process was too expensive to produce a floor and only lasted a short time. Hugh Kerr a craftsman from Glenlivet developed the process further using heather stems and started making Heathergems in very small quantities in his own workshop. In 1969 Hugh met Charles Buyers, a Glasgow Accountant, who was looking for craft industries to be set up in the Highlands as a project for the then Highlands and Islands Development Board. The board decided that it was not viable so Charles decided to put his own money behind Heathergems.

The original company was set up in a small factory in East Kilbride and began producing Heathergems in the spring of 1970. A few years later it was decided it should be moved to a more natural home in the Highlands. As a result, the company moved to Blair Atholl in Perthshire in 1979. After Hugh Kerr died in 1974 and Charles Buyers in 1992, the family decided to move to a new factory in Pitlochry, where Heathergems are still made to this day…