Hot on the trail of an epic Welsh win in the 6-Nations rugby, Rivoli Jewellers has taken on Welsh jewellery brand, Clogau (pronouced Clog-i). For nearly 20 years, Clogau has been producing the finest jewellery, containing a touch of rare Welsh gold. Born quite accidentally, due to a series of events, Clogau Gold is today a one-of-a-kind jewellery brand recognised for its originality, beauty and utmost quality.
In 1989, the Clogau St. David's gold mine was founded by William Roberts. William wished to re-open the mine as a tourist attraction, an idea that was overturned by the Snowdonia National Park. As a result, William decided to gamble on the idea that there would be more gold within the mine. Luckily, there was, and a few years worth of small scale mining began in 1992 where precious rose-coloured gold began to be extracted. To make best-use of this magnificent gold, William decided to use it to produce jewellery of the utmost beauty and quality, using Wales as the sole design inspiration. To begin with just 5 lines of jewellery were created.
And so in 1992, Clogau Gold was born. A number of contributing factors led to the closure of the mine in 1998. With no gold mining taking place in Wales today, Welsh gold supplies will eventually run out, making it possibly the rarest gold in the world.
The Gold of Royalty
Welsh gold is so precious that it has been used by Royalty since 1911. Clogau Gold includes a touch of this very same gold within each piece of its jewellery, creating an esteemed association with the British Royal Family. The British Royal Family has been using pure Welsh gold to create their wedding rings, since 1923. This tradition was founded by The Queen Mother, then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, on her marriage to the Duke of York on 26th April, 1923. Other members of The Royal Family to have Welsh gold wedding rings include Princess Anne (1973), the late Princess Diana (1981), Prince Charles (1981 & 2005) and Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall (2005). Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth's very own wedding ring, from her marriage to The Duke of Edinburgh on 20th November 1947, is crafted from a nugget of pure Welsh gold from the Clogau St. David's mine.
The tradition of the British Royal Family using Welsh gold wedding rings was carried into its 88th year during the most recent Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 29th April, 2011. 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.
To celebrate the arrival, Rivoli Jewellers the official stockist of Clogau jewellery in Jersey, have an amazing launch offer. Rivoli Jewellers will be offering a free silver and rose gold Kensington pendant worth £129 if you spend £199 or more on Clogau jewellery in-store. For further details please contact Rivoli on 01534 601 930 or visit them at 41/43 King Street.