A BUSINESS is continuing to reap the benefits of Hartlepool’s involvement in the Tall Ships Races almost two years since the flotilla left the town.
Mobeus Jewellers was commissioned to design and produce all of the trophies presented during the sailing spectacular in July 2010.
But it is its range of monkey legend-themed jewellery that is charting additional success for the town business.
Owner Mark Lloyd said: “When the tall ships were here in Hartlepool, we were delighted to win the contract to design the trophies and thought that would be it.
“But we also took a stall and decided to make some small pieces based around the town’s monkey legend.
“They sold really well and have continued to do so which has really surprised us.
“We’re getting inquiries from all over the world and it’s not just Hartlepool ex-pats, which shows you how far the influence of the monkey legend has gone.”
With 25 years’ experience as a goldsmith, Mark and his team at Mobeus are more used to designing and producing traditional jewellery pieces such as wedding and engagement rings.
But Mobeus’ monkey hanger collection has allowed the business to brand a unique range that is intrinsically linked with Hartlepool.
The monkey hanger brand has expanded from pendants and tie-pins to monkey earrings, cufflinks and Pandora-style beads, all produced in 925 sterling silver, but they can also be ordered in 9ct white and yellow gold.
Mark added: “What started off as something as a novelty to sell at the Tall Ships Races has now turned into a great product line for Mobeus.
“We’re now selling a lot of the range on the website, often it’s people who have links with Hartlepool but we have had quite a few sales from the USA.
“We’re also speaking with some of the rugby clubs in Hartlepool to see if we can develop an exclusive range for them.
“I’m surprised more Hartlepool businesses don’t exploit the monkey legend because it’s something we are known across the world for.”