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There is only one open gold mine in Wales today. This is the Dolaucothi Gold Mine near Pumsaint. The Gwynfynydd Gold Mine in Dolgellau closed in the late 1990s. The Dolaucothi mine is open to the public under the aegis of the National Trust. The royal patronage of jewellery formed out of Welsh gold still continues today. Her Majesty The Queen, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Her Highness Princess Margaret, HRH The Prince of Wales, Diana Princess of Wales and HRH Camilla The Duchess of Cornwall all wore/wear wedding rings fashioned from Welsh gold. Due to its rarity, and perhaps the royal patronage, Welsh gold is usually more expensive to buy on the high street. Pumsaint is a village in Carmarthenshire, Wales situated half way between , Llanwrda and Lampeter on the A482 in the valley of the River Cothi. ... Gwynfynydd Gold Mine at Dolgellau, North Wales, was discovered in 1860. ... The standard of the National Trust The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually known as The National Trust, is a British preservation organization. ... Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), born 21 April 1926, is Queen of sixteen independent nations known as the Commonwealth Realms (and has previously been Queen of sixteen others). ... Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon as Queen Elizabeth. ... The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, (Margaret Rose Armstrong-Jones, née Windsor) 21 August 1930–9 February 2002) was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and sister of the current British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. She also later held the title Countess of Snowdon by... The Prince of Wales The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor) (born 14 November 1948), is the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. ... The Lady Diana Frances Spencer (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (July 1, 1961–August 31, 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales. ... HRH The Duchess of Cornwall The Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla Rosemary Mountbatten-Windsor, formerly Parker Bowles, née Shand) (born 17 July 1947) is a member of the British Royal Family. ... Ilfracombe High Street, Devon, England High Street, or the High Street is the generic name (and frequently the official name) of the business street of towns or cities in the United Kingdom . ...


Welsh gold is considered by some to be the most exclusive gold in the world. It is found in two distinct areas of Wales. One area is in the north in a band stretching from Barmouth, past Dolgellau and up towards Snowdonia. In the south it is found in a small area in the valley of the River Cothi at Dolaucothi where it is known to have been mined by the Romans. Jewellery such as torcs were worn by early Welsh princes, but it is not possible to confirm that this was Welsh gold since there were strong trade links between Wales and Ireland at the time and Ireland was a major producer of gold artefacts. General Name, Symbol, Number gold, Au, 79 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 6, d Appearance metallic yellow Atomic mass 196. ... For an explanation of often confusing terms such as Great Britain, Britain, United Kingdom and England, see British Isles (terminology). ... Barmouth (Welsh: Abermaw (formal); Y Bermo (colloquial)) is a town in the administrative county of Gwynedd, traditional county of Merionethshire, northwestern Wales, lying on the estuary of the River Mawddach and Cardigan Bay. ... Dolgellau (also Dolgelley) is a market town in Gwynedd, Wales, lying on the River Mawddach. ... See also Snowdonia National Park The north ridge of Tryfan (seen on the left in this picture) makes an enjoyable scramble in Snowdonia. ... The River Cothi is the largest tributary of the River Tywi in south Wales. ... The Dolaucothi Gold Mines, a. ... For other senses of this name, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... A torc, also spelled torque (from Latin torqueo, to twist, because of the twisted shape of the collar) is a rigid circular necklace that is open-ended at the front. ...


Pure Welsh gold forms in seams or lodes, like coal, and is known to yield up to 30 troy ounces per long ton (920 g/Mg). In comparison, South African gold, which is mixed in with the rock, yields just a quarter of a troy ounce for every tonne mined (8 g/Mg). However the South African gold fields are vastly more extensive. Welsh gold, when extracted, often has a reddish tint in comparison to gold extracted elsewhere. This is due to the fact that the gold is stained by copper which lies in the rock next to the veins of gold. During refining, the gold is purified to its natural state which is the more common "yellow". A lode is the metalliferous ore that fills a fissure in a rock or a vein of ore deposited between layers of rock. ... Coal is a fossil fuel extracted from the ground by underground mining or open-pit mining (surface mining). ... A long ton is the name used in the US for the unit called the ton in the avoirdupois or Imperial system of measurements, as used (alongside the metric system) in the United Kingdom and to some extent in other Commonwealth countries. ... Look up quarter in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A tonne (symbol t), sometimes referred to as a metric tonne, is a measurement of weight. ... General Name, Symbol, Number copper, Cu, 29 Chemical series transition metals Group, Period, Block 11, 4, d Appearance metallic brown Atomic mass 63. ...


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Welsh gold at AllExperts (431 words)
Jewellery such as torcs were worn by early Welsh princes, but it is not possible to confirm that this was Welsh gold since there were strong trade links between Wales and Ireland at the time and Ireland was a major producer of gold artefacts.
This is due to the fact that the gold is stained by copper which lies in the rock next to the veins of gold.
The most prolific Welsh Gold mine was the Dolaucothi Gold Mines near Pumsaint, which closed in 1938, and was donated to the National Trust in 1941.
The Wonder of Wales - Welsh Gold History (517 words)
Welsh gold has been extracted from two notable mines that are found in the region of the Snowdonia Gold Belt which covers a vast area from mid-Wales to north Wales, namely the Gwynfynedd mine and the Clogau mine, which are also known as 'Mines Royal'.
At this time enough gold was mined for a one kilogram bar of pure Welsh Gold, and was presented to the Queen for use in future Royal Wedding rings.
Welsh gold has been especially prized as a jewellery metal for centuries and dates back to the days of the Celtic kingdoms when nobles wore gold torcs as a badge of rank and power.
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