PHOTO BY KAGEAKI SMITH
MADE IN BERMUDA: Treat your loved one to a glass rose, heart-shaped paperweight or a heart pendant, available from Dockyard Glassworks.
PHOTO BY KAGEAKI SMITH MADE IN BERMUDA: Treat your loved one to a glass rose, heart-shaped paperweight or a heart pendant, available from Dockyard Glassworks.

This Valentine’s Day you may want to present your loved one with a timeless gift, to reflect your never-ending love for them.

Flowers, especially red roses, are always a beautiful gesture on February 14, but they don’t last.

After a week, those rosebuds can wither and die.

But what if you could say ‘I love you’ with a rose that will last longer than your lifetime?

Dockyard Glassworks produces glass roses that will last hundreds of years, but which won’t break the bank.

The glass figurines start at $24.95 and are available in various colours and sizes.

Unique

A single rose costs $29 and a double rose (two roses) $39.95. You can even have a cute tree frog or ladybug added to the stem for an extra $12.

Wendy Avery, co-owner of Dockyard Glassworks, said: “All the roses are unique —no two are the same, and they are all handmade.

“Our head lampwork trainer Damon Simons puts two pieces of gemstone rods into an open flame of 923 degrees Fahrenheit and makes them in the flame.

“They last a long time — up to 600 years, unlike natural flowers which die, and are available in a rainbow of colours.

“There is amethyst, three kinds of blue, reds, yellows, and clear or translucent.”

Dockyard Glassworks also makes heart-shaped paperweights in a kaleidoscope of colours, with prices from $12.95 to $24.95, plus a ‘wedding’ size for $45.

They can be ordered in specific colours and are engraved for free.

Alan Avery, technical officer and co-owner of the business, creates the hearts in a furnace reaching temperatures of 2,074 degrees Fahrenheit.

Red hearts are made from rose quartz crystal, tin oxide and gold, whereas white hearts are produced from crushed-up pearls, oyster shells and zinc oxide.

Mrs Avery said: “We just need 24-hours notice for a custom order, provided the artist who makes that particular piece is available, which they usually are.

“For weddings we need to have two weeks’ notice for a custom order.”

Dockyard Glassworks also sells glass pendants, created by Mr Simons.

These are heart pendants on a leather cord, with a handmade bead, for $19.95-29.

Mrs Avery said: “Everything we sell is made in Bermuda, by Bermudians.”

As co-owner of the Bermuda Rum Cake Company, she said rum cakes also make delicious gifts — and there is a chocolate flavour for the ladies.

The rum cakes come in 11 flavours: Traditional; chocolate; fruit; rum swizzle; black fruit; Christmas rum cake; coconut; banana; ginger; coffee; and gold liqueur.

Mrs Avery is offering free deliveries on all rum cakes ordered for Valentine’s Day.

If you can’t venture to the west end, the glass roses, heart paperweights and pendants are also available at the company’s two gift stores in St George’s — Bermudiana arts and crafts shop at 1 King’s Square and the Dockside Glass & Rum Cake at 3 Bridge Street.

Dockyard Glassworks and the Bermuda Rum Cake Company, 1 Maritime Lane, Royal Naval Dockyard, 8am-5pm Sunday to Friday, 10am-5pm Saturday. Call 234-4216 or e-mail wendy@dockglass.com or mail@dockglass.com or mail@bermudarumcakes.com. Website www.dockyardglass.com