You may not have thought about this before but without you, our customers, Clogau would not be celebrating its’ 25th anniversary this year. Since we first started producing jewellery in 1989, we have tried to remain true to our roots and our customers wishes. Our jewellery always aspires to be a sublime combination of family sentiments, majestic filigrees and Welsh gold as we aim to embrace our unique heritage in our iconic designs which is what you tell us you would like to see when you contact us.
Whatever your social and cultural background, religious denomination, age, sex, creed or colour, if you have bought or been gifted a piece of Clogau jewellery then you are intrinsically bound and have played an irreplaceable part in our Heritage story. Have you ever thought about it in this way? Through your heirloom piece of Clogau you are have special connections to both Wales and Royalty…
But what is this ‘unique heritage’ we talk about and why does this make Clogau so special to those lucky enough to own a piece? What is so special about Welsh gold? What are ‘our roots’ and what does this have to do with Royalty and the photos you may have seen of Highclere Castle, location of Downton Abbey?
Let the story unfold…
In 1854, Mr Goodman, the original director of the Clogau 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 mine producing very beautiful and distinctive rose-coloured Welsh gold.
The first major link between Welsh Gold and the Royal family began on 13 July 1911 when Prince Edward I was officially invested as Prince of Wales in a special ceremony at Caernarfon Castle on the fringes of Snowdonia, North Wales.
The first official Prince of Wales, the infant future King Edward II, was born in Caernarfon Castle, and in 1911 the future Edward VIII was invested in the castle when he became Prince of Wales.
Prince Charles was also invested in the castle when he given the title on July 1st, 1969. There were more than 4,000 people in the grounds of Caernarfon Castle when the Queen handed the 20-year-old prince the insignia of the Prince of Wales. In the dry moat and outside the ancient walls of the castle were thousands more, along with yet more millions who watched it on television around the world.
So, what is the link between Welsh gold, Royalty and Highclere
On 13 July 1911, Prince Edward I was officially invested as the Prince of Wales in a special ceremony at Caernarfon Castle on the fringes of Snowdonia. The regalia used in the investiture of the Prince of Wales incorporated pure Welsh gold. Clogau decided to set the Heritage Campaign against the aristocratic backdrop of Highclere Castle, as it is the home of the current Earl and Countess of Carnarfon.
Where do Clogau get their gold from?
Our heritage evolved in the hills of Snowdonia when gold was found in the Clogau St David’s mine. This mine was the largest and richest of its kind. After many years mining, the gold veins became too rare and difficult to find, and the last train carrying Welsh gold from the Clogau mine clanked to a halt.
The Roberts family wanted to find a way to ensure that this very rare Welsh gold would be used to create heirloom jewellery of the highest quality, beauty and originality. The Clogau brand was founded in 1989 with just five pieces of jewellery and a handful of Welsh retailers. Over 25 years later, we are celebrating our heritage with our customers across the globe – with over 400 pieces of iconic jewellery.
Amongst the many reasons our customers purchase Clogau jewellery, with rare Welsh gold, is because it 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. Great things do come from small beginnings.