The Clogau St. David's Gold Mine
In 1854, Mr Goodman, the original director of the Clogau (pronounced “clog-eye”) copper mine accidently discovered gold. From that day on, the copper mine was given a rich new life with the first seam from the Clogau St. David’s Gold Mine producing very beautiful and distinctive rose-coloured Welsh gold.
However, Mr Goodman wasn't the first to discover gold in Wales, the earliest gold mining activity is thought to have taken place in the Bronze Age as early as 1,000BC, more than 3,000 years ago. And later by the Romans, who were the first to introduce large-scale mining to the area.
Later, during the early 20th Century, the Clogau mine was Britain's largest and richest gold mine, producing nearly 2.5 tons of gold between 1862 and 1911. For over 150 years the mine went through mixed fortunes with the gold veins being most inconsistent and difficult to locate. A miner once said:
"Finding gold in most mines around the world is like finding the cream in a sponge cake, finding Welsh gold on the other hand is like finding the sixpence in the biggest Christmas cake you could imagine. There's no pattern, no logic and you never know when you're just inches away."
The Clogau St David’s mine was later discovered by William Roberts who conducted a few years worth of small scale mining before its eventual closure in 1998 due to the high cost of mining – £1,000 per ounce – and the diminishing quantities of gold being found. Today, there are no active gold mines in Wales, making Welsh gold extremely valuable as supplies diminish.
Welsh Gold today
The small, though steady, supply of gold extracted from the Clogau seams has made it perhaps the rarest in the world, sought-after by celebrities and Royalty alike.
It is a touch of this very same rare Welsh gold that is contained within each piece of Clogau Gold jewellery, making it some of the most exclusive jewellery in the world. The content of Welsh gold can be identified by the Welsh dragon stamp, and other unique marks that denote a genuine piece of Clogau Gold. See more information on our hallmarks, marks and stamps.
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