In 1923, The Queen Mother used welsh gold to create her wedding ring. The gold had been gifted to the Royal Family by the Clogau Gold Mine and a portion of it has been used in in every royal wedding since the Queen Mother’s, including that of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. But Welsh gold is now rare and it is not known how many more Royal Weddings will feature this most precious of metals. Such is the rarity of the Welsh gold that it can fetch up to 30 times the usual price of gold at auction.
You will see jewellery advertised as containing Welsh gold, but these pieces usually feature less than 1% Welsh gold. Here’s hoping that another gold rush in the near future ensures that more of the sparkly stuff is found in the mountains. Welsh gold is special and we need more of it!
If you feel tempted to go prospecting yourself, please be aware that you may be prosecuted. There is no law against panning for gold but the rivers in which it is found are conservation areas and you could fall foul of legislation which protects them from disturbance.