A Potted History of Welsh Gold
Welsh Gold (which translates into Welsh as ‘Aur Cymru’) is one of the rarest precious metals to be found on the planet. Long favoured by the British Royal Family for their own wedding rings and other ceremonial jewellery, this scarce gold from the heart of a land overflowing with myth, poetry and romance, is incredibly desirable and much sought-after.
The main source of gold used at Aur Cymru Limited is panned by hand from streams and rivers on a private estate in Wales (observing Sites of Special Scientific Interest). Hand-panning is entirely eco-friendly as it requires neither chemicals nor machinery. Though the yield is small compared with the effort and time it takes, the landscape is left as perfect as when we arrived which is what matters most to us (and we suspect to you too, since you’re here).
Historically, however, gold was extracted from the Welsh land by mining. The first mine in Wales is thought to have been established by the Romans in the first century AD and only closed in 1938. 1862 saw a ‘rush’ centred around the Dolgellau mining area during which more intensive mining saw higher yields but this was over by 1911, and the final Welsh Gold mine, Gwynfynnd, closed its doors in 1999, and it is from this mine that our reserve stocks of Welsh Gold comes. Now rarer than ever before, a piece of pure Welsh Gold jewellery is not only something to be enjoyed for its beauty and heritage, but also a future family heirloom that will be treasured by generations to come.