Story telling through beautiful jewellery

About Us

Clogau is a second generation family business based in Wales.

Since 1989, our growing range of jewellery has captured the hearts and imaginations of jewellery lovers from far and wide. Every piece they create contains rare Welsh gold - the Gold of Royalty for over 100 years.

Clogau jewellery is seen as an heirloom with both a personal and cultural meaning and a permanent tie to Wales – something valuable to pass down the generations.

It is our heritage that defines what we are, and provides the cornerstone for our future – a future that will hopefully be as successful as our story has been to date.

Our Story

In 1989 a local man named William Roberts made a very unexpected and exciting discovery - an abandoned gold mine in the mountains of Snowdonia.

This was the Clogau St. David's mine in Bontddu. Despite its disused state, he planned to transform it into a tourist attraction where visitors could pan for gold.

But the idea was opposed due to its location within the Snowdonia National Park.

So instead, he decided to gamble on the idea that there would be some undiscovered gold still buried within the mine.
To make best-use of this precious gold, William used it exclusively to create jewellery of the very highest quality, beauty and originality, with Wales as his main design inspiration.

But it wasn't until 1994 that the first range of jewellery emerged, which consisted of just five pieces that were sold through a handful of small gift shops near the Clogau St. David's gold mine.

Luckily by this time they had already amassed a significant amount of high quality gold and it is from this stockpile that most of the Welsh gold that we use in our jewellery today comes from.
David Emanuel

It never fails to amaze me when I think back to the early days of Clogau, over 25 years ago.

I was a young boy back then but I can remember my father being hugely excited about a gold mine he had discovered in the Snowdonia mountains.

I didn’t quite understand what all the fuss was about at the time but as I grew up I would always be inspired by his passion and dedication.

I'm glad to say that those values have rubbed off on me and we now work together at Clogau with the same drive and passion all these years later.

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.

The Clogau St. David's Gold Mine

The Clogau St. David's gold mine was once the largest and richest mine of all the gold mines in the Dolgellau gold mining area.

It is situated in Bontddu, near Barmouth in Gwynedd north-west Wales.

After producing copper and a little lead for quite a number of years, the mine developed into gold production in the 1862 'rush' and continued as a major operator until 1911, during which 165,031 tons of gold ore was mined resulting in 78,507 troy ounces (2,442 kg) of gold.
It worked the St David's lode of Clogau mountain alongside the co-owned Vigra Mine.

For over 150 years, the mine went through mixed fortunes with the gold veins being most inconsistent and difficult to locate.

Since 1911 the mine has been re-opened several times for smaller-scale operations.

By the late 1990's however, the last train carrying Welsh gold from the Clogau mine clanked to a halt. In 1999 the mine was taken over and held by a local exploration company.

Our Welsh Gold Promise

Every piece of Clogau jewellery contains rare Welsh gold as used by some members of the British Royal Family for over 100 years.

Welsh gold is famous for being selected to create generations of Royal Family wedding rings including those of Her Majesty The Queen, the late Diana Princess of Wales, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, HRH Princess Margaret, HRH Princess Anne, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Charles and The Duchess of Cornwall, and most recently, The Duchess of Cambridge.
This has made Welsh gold some of the most sought after jewellery in the world.

Clogau jewellery is guaranteed to contain rare Welsh gold. It carries a unique Welsh Dragon and “CG” mark, stamped during the creation of each Clogau item.

Each piece is crafted using traditional jewellery-making techniques and painstakingly hand-finished to give the lasting pleasure which ensures the Clogau jewellery will remain as special as the day you received it, as it is passed down through generations.