Wales, with its dramatic scenery is steeped in mystery and romance. Its majestic heather-clad hills cut by cascading waterfalls, and mountain streams rushing through gladed valleys are both the places of legends and of history running back into the mists of time.
Yet, beneath the quartzite surface of this jewelled landscape, there is another treasure, as valuable as it is beautiful – Welsh gold.
Welsh gold is the rarest and most sought after gold in the world, and has a history stretching back over 2000 years. It is prized for its scarcity and origin. The tradition of the British Royal Family using Welsh gold for their wedding rings was carried into its 95th year during the most recent royal wedding of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on 19thMay, 2018.
Today, Welsh gold is scarcer than it has ever been. When mining took place at the Clogau St. David’s Gold Mine in the late 1990s it used to cost over £1000 an ounce to extract.
With no gold mining taking place in Wales today, Welsh gold supplies may eventually run out, making it possibly the rarest gold in the world. Due to the scarcity of Welsh gold, only a small amount is included within each piece of Clogau. This ensures the longevity of Welsh gold supplies, and the affordability of Clogau’s jewellery.
At present, Welsh gold can be valued up to 30 times more than standard world gold.
I have to say, I absolutely love Clogau gold. This is a wonderful story about a father and son who have created a very special company – from scratch – celebrating North Wales in all its splendour.
In 1989 a local man named William Roberts made a very unexpected and exciting discovery – an abandoned gold mine in the mountains of Snowdonia. He planned to open it up as a tourist attraction where visitors could pan for Welsh gold, but it didn’t go ahead due to the mines location within the Snowdonia National Park. So instead he began to create the most stunning jewellery using this precious gold. In 1994 a small collection was sold through local stockists near the Clogau St. David’s gold mine – and from there Clogau has grown into one of the most successful and aspirational brands across Wales and Cheshire.
Son Ben is now in charge – and in a short time has taken Clogau Gold to the next level with an ambitious expansion plan (more stores will open early next year) and a super-successful online shopping platform. If you don’t fancy hitting the high street this Christmas, then Clogua has created a first-class gift buying experience from the comfort of your own home – it’s pretty spectacular.
Ben has fond memories stretching back over 30 years when his father had discovered a gold mine deep in the heart of the Snowdonia Mountains, and has always been inspired by his passion and dedication. Those values rubbed off on Ben, who loves working with his father at Clogua where they share the same drive and commitment all these years later.
He says ‘As the story of Clogau continues to unfold, there’s one thing that will always remain – our dedication and love for permanently capturing this beautiful Welsh gold in the most unique jewellery possible’.
With twelve stores now open and their stunning Chester shop just about to reopen after lockdown number two – it’s definitely time to celebrate this fabulously successful family business where we can all shop for a little bit of affordable luxury this Christmas.
One thing is for sure – I have been a very good girl this year and have asked Santa so nicely for a piece of Clogau gold for Christmas – so all I have to do now is decide on which iconic collection to choose from.