Incredibly rare and sought after, Welsh gold is the Gold of Royalty. Great – but what does that actually mean? At Clogau, we’re very proud of the Welsh Gold that can be found in every single piece of our jewellery – and we want you to be, too. We’ve put together a quick guide to shed some light on this precious gold and why it’s worth the effort. So, without further ado… what is really so special about Welsh Gold?
What is Welsh Gold?
Occurring naturally in two distinct areas of Wales, one north and one south, Welsh Gold is one of the purest alloys of gold available on the market today – having a purity level of over 99%! Purity aside, rarity makes this gold even more impressive and, because of this, Welsh gold can be valued up to 30 times more than standard world gold.
That said, the value is justified. When mining took place at the Clogau St. David’s Mine in the late 1990s, there was a cost of over £1000 to extract one ounce of the material. With no gold mining taking place in Wales at present, largely due to the impossibility of finding much more, Welsh gold supplies deplete year on year – making it possibly the rarest gold in the world.
What is Clogau’s relationship with Welsh Gold?
Quite simply, we are a Welsh brand through and through. Our source material is Welsh Gold, our team is based in Wales, and our inspiration is Wales. We are a brand about heritage, which even our materials reflect.
Wales, with its dramatic scenery, is steeped in mystery and romance. It’s majestic heather-clad hills cut by cascading waterfalls, and mountain streams rushing through glaciated valleys are both the places of legends and of history. And that history is not lost on us. In fact, it’s the lifeforce of Clogau.
Where does your Welsh Gold come from?
In 1989, a local man named William Roberts made a discovery – an abandoned gold mine in the mountains of Snowdonia. This was the Clogau St. David’s mine in Bontddu.
Seeing past the disuse of the mine, he planned to transform the space into a tourist attraction that would allow visitors to pan for gold. But, as with many ideas, this one was met with opposition due to its location within the Snowdonia National Park.
Unfazed by the setback, William gambled on a big idea – that there would be some undiscovered gold still buried deep within this historic mine. And he was right – Welsh Gold was found.
Aware of the precious nature of his discovery, William determined to use his newfound resources to curate jewellery of only the very highest quality, beauty and originality – values which remain to be cherished by the Clogau team.
By the time of Clogau’s first jewellery release in 1994, a significant amount of high quality Welsh gold had been amassed from the mine. It is from this stockpile that most of the Welsh gold that we use in our jewellery today comes from.
Why is Welsh Gold branded ‘The Gold of Royalty’?
The story of the Clogau St. David’s mine began well before Clogau Chairman, William Roberts, discovered it abandoned in 1989 – with the initial discovery of gold here occurring over 150 years ago.
The largest and richest of its kind, the mine had its own rich history of gold mining. However, this didn’t last forever – with closure of the mine occurring in 1911.
A gift of rare Welsh gold from the mine has been used to create wedding rings for some members of the British Royal Family; a tradition that began in 1923 with the Queen Mother, then later The Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne, and the late Princess Diana.
Other members of the royal family to have Welsh gold wedding rings include Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and, most recently, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.