Rare Welsh Beauty with a Heart of Gold
(Vocus) June 17, 2010
Clogau gold is unique, rare and one of the most sought after items in the world. The purity of the gold makes it higher priced than other gold variants. Clogau Gold's slogan, “Rare Welsh Beauty with a Heart of Gold”, says it all. The only problem is that this gold is quickly being used up. Celtic Jewellery Site currently offers various pieces of jewellery featuring this rare Welsh gold.
The Clogau Saint David’s Mine in the mountains of Snowdonia dates back to Roman times. In 1854, the original director of the mine, Mr. Goodman, was examining a piece of rock when he broke it into two pieces expecting to find copper. He did not find any copper, but was surprised to find something even more valuable. The abandoned mine had new life with the discovery of beautiful Welsh rose gold. It was one of the most productive and successful gold mines in the country in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Eventually, the mine was believed to be exhausted. William Roberts came across it in 1988. His original intent was to create a tourist attraction but ran into problems with restrictions in Snowdonia National Park. Left with a giant hole in the ground, they decided to re-open the mine. They did find some gold, but only a small scale. This made it some of the rarest and most sought after gold in the world. Mining costs were extremely expensive causing it to come to a halt in 1995 resulting of the closure of the mine. The miners who worked at the mine right up to the closure were direct descendants of the original Victorian prospectors.
This mine has supplied Clogau Welsh gold for the wedding rings of the Royal Family for generations. It began with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1923 upon her marriage to King George VI. The same gold nugget was used on the ring that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh gave to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at their wedding in 1947. Other members of the Royal Family who have worn Clogau Welsh gold wedding rings include Princess Margaret The Countess of Snowdon, Princess Anne The Princess Royal, Diana The Princess of Wales, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. In 1986, Queen Elizabeth was given a kilogram of pure Welsh Gold to commemorate her 60th birthday. It is possible that the tradition will be continued if Prince William marries Kate Middleton.
Since the supply of this gold is diminishing and there may not be much more available, creating jewellery with pure Welsh gold is unrealistic. Instead, a small amount from the stockpile is included in each piece of Clogau jewellery making it special and affordable. Each piece is handcrafted by experts. The designs are inspired by the beauty of Wales. Many Welsh myths and legends have been incorporated into the designs. "As the story of Clogau Gold 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 uniquely beautiful jewellery. That's what Clogau is all about." says Ben Roberts, William’s son and current managing director of the company.
Due to the limited supply and the fact that the mine is currently closed, current estimates predict that Welsh gold will run out by 2016. Clogau is negotiating with the Crown Commission to reopen the mine. The costs to reopen the mine would be great. If approved, it would take a few years to meet all of the health and safety requirements before they would be able to open the mine. Even if the mine is reopened, there is no guarantee that they will find any more gold.
Each piece of Clogau Jewellery comes with a certificate of authenticity. With many different designs available, there is sure to be something for everyone. Collections include the Tree of Life, Dragon, Ivy Leaves, Love Spoons, and more. These jewellery pieces can be passed down from generation to generation adding to their value. Celtic Jewellery Site currently carries Clogau Welsh Gold. Many styles of Celtic rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and watches are available. Invest in this rare treasure while you still can.
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