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Press Release: 11 March 2008, Edinburgh

Golf’s Spiritual Home Inspires Luxury Ball Marker

‘The Talisman’ Brings Scotland’s Energy to the Putting Green

Thistle & Broom, Scotland’s source of luxury, has announced the release of its newest luxury product, The Talisman golf ball marker. Individual Talismans are named for the penultimate Scottish golf course located within the geographical region in which the semi-precious stone used for each marker can be found.

The laboriously hand crafted 23mm markers are set in 18ct gold, or 925 sterling silver bezels with traditional hallmarks struck by Edinburgh’s Assay Office. The hallmarks provide assurance of authenticity and quality whilst becoming an integral design element of the otherwise smooth surfaces. Thistle & Broom has developed an optional version with an open triangular (pin flag) shaped hinged bail for secure placement on the green which allows the Talisman to also be worn as a pendant, as well as a C-clasp pin version for either lover’s keepsakes or to accommodate clansmen desiring an adornment made from stones sourced from Scottish ancestral lands. The Talisman range currently includes: the Royal Dornach in deep purple Royal Amethyst, a rare branched moss agate chosen for Carnoustie, smoky Cairngorms for Speyside’s Boat of Garten, grey and pale pink East Sands banded agates for St. Andrew’s, mulberry jasper for Loch Lomond and a mustard and persimmon Burn Anne agate for Turnberry. All the stones used for the Talisman are collected and honed by Fife lapidary Renato Forno.

“Trials of The Talisman this winter on Scottish courses were met with enthusiastic responses by golfers and professional greens keepers alike. The size is on par with those markers currently being used by professional golfers and the precious metal bezels offer a great sight advantage for long putts,” said Teresa Fritschi, Thistle & Broom’s Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer. “An estimated 70 million people think of Scotland as golf’s spiritual home. Even if they never play our hallowed courses The Talisman provides a physical connection to the magical energy found in Scotland. These stones have been carried for thousands of years for their purported abilities to bring calm to the mind and ward off evil spirits – where is this more necessary than on the golf course?”

About Thistle & Broom, Limited

www.thistleandbroom.com Edinburgh-based, Companies House registered (SC262097), Thistle & Broom is the world’s first geopolitically specific and Fair Trade modeled luxury goods purveyor. Established in 2004, the online retailer offers an extraordinary collection of bespoke clothing, Edinburgh hallmarked precious jewellery and home furnishings sourced exclusively from within Scotland’s borders.

For more information about Thistle & Broom please contact:

email pr@thistleandbroom.com
phone +44 (0) 131 2080 923


The Talisman golf ball marker