Friday, February 28, 2014

Welsh Gold

Welsh gold is one of the rarest metals in the world, and Welsh gold jewellery among the most highly prized.

There were 3 mines in Wales which were active as early as the Roman era. The earliest known was the Dolaucothi Gold Mines in Carmarthenshire, which was initiated by the Romans around 74 AD. Gwynfynydd was discovered in 1860. It was active until 1998. The Clogau mine developed into gold production in the 1860s and continued as a major operator until 1911. The mine has been worked intermittently and last closed in 1998.
Welsh gold carries a distinctive rose tint. Natural gold is 20 to 22k. The remaining balance of metal is usually silver and a small amount of copper, plus other trace metals.

Welsh gold has a higher ratio of copper to silver. Gold with a similar tint can be found elsewhere but a connection to the Royal Family cannot. The Royal family all wore/wear wedding rings fashioned from Welsh gold.
The wedding ring that Catherine Middleton wears is made of Welsh Gold. The gold was given to Prince William by The Queen shortly after the couple were engaged.

Pure Welsh Gold is the world's most valuable precious metal and the official price is at least 3 times that of the London Metal Bullion price.