Customers sometimes ask me if I can make a piece of jewellery from ‘Welsh Gold’.
They often refer to the ‘lovely colour’ of Welsh gold. In fact pure Welsh gold is indistinguishable from gold mined anywhere else. The pink colour people associated with Welsh gold is because it is traditionally alloyed with copper to produce ‘rose gold’, an alloy that can be made with gold from any source.
If you care about the provenance of your gold, my advice is to ask two questions of the seller when you are shopping for ‘Welsh Gold’.
a) Ask the exact percentage of Welsh gold used.
b) Ask if the jewellery is ‘made’ in Wales. Not just ‘finished’ but ‘made’. Is jewellery cast by the hundreds in a Chinese factory, and perhaps given a final polish in Wales, really more Welsh than a piece made by hand in a Welsh workshop from gold mined elsewhere?
Don’t be confused by marks such as a dragon, or ‘CYM’, these have no legal meaning under the Hallmarking Act.
Words to watch for when looking at adverts for ‘Welsh gold jewellery’ include ‘containing’, ‘a touch of’, ‘incorporating’ and the like, enabling perhaps the most infinitesimal quantity of Welsh gold in a ring to satisfy their promise (and Trading Standards). By using only a tiny amount of Welsh gold, they can offer mass produced gold jewellery at a premium, but still affordable, price.
If you want a ring made from pure Welsh gold, Rhiannon in Tregaron will make you one to order. Be warned though, their web site states you will need a five figure budget due to the extreme rarity of Welsh gold, which is no longer mined.
I’m afraid I have no access to a supply of Welsh gold. I primarily work in silver, sometimes with gold as an embellishment. If I am unable to make what you require I will be happy to point you to skilled local goldsmiths. Below are some example of my silver jewellery that include some gold elements. Not mined in Wales, but made by hand here.