Four exclusive Clogau lapel badges have been specially ordered, including one for the inaugural GWCT Welsh Game Fair at Vaynol Estate, Bangor this month.
Designed with raptor, hunting dog, pheasant and salmon motifs, the pins are meant to be collector’s items. The GWCT Welsh Game Fair badge with a bird of prey design will be available at the event box office.
The other three badges were made for the Festival of the Countryside, with a hunting dog design, the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, with a salmon design and the World Gunmakers Evening, with a pheasant design.
The three-day GWCT Welsh Game Fair, September 9-11, will be a celebration of the Welsh countryside, with fishing, clay shooting, hunting dogs, game cooking, falconry, horses and dogs, as well as crafts, food and drink. .
James Gower, managing director of Stable Events Ltd, which organizes the GWCT Welsh Game Fair – www.welshgamefair.org/ – in partnership with the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, welcomes the support of Clogau, the iconic Welsh jewelery brand.
In addition to handcrafting the badges, Clogau will be sponsoring celebrity chef Bryn Williams’ VIP enclosure and White Park restaurant at the event. To reflect the sponsorship, Bryn plans to use gold leaf on some of the desserts he will create as part of a bespoke breakfast and lunch menu for VIP ticket holders.
“Clogau and Bryn Williams are fantastic Welsh success stories”,
“It’s a perfect match because they both work with their hands to create the highest quality products. We’ve struck Welsh gold in combining them!
“We are proud and delighted to have Clogau and Bryn on board for the GWCT Welsh Game Fair which promises to be a very special event for Wales, celebrating countryside, conservation, country life and communities. and the culture of Wales.”
During the GWCT Welsh Game Fair, Clogau will welcome families to the company’s booth where, guided by staff, children can make jewelry and pan for gold.
Clogau jewelry will be on display in the lounge and reception areas and visitors will be able to purchase pieces online at www.clogau.co.uk/
Highlighting the company’s sustainability and environmental credentials, Clogau uses fully recyclable packaging and plants a tree in North Wales every time a customer chooses to make a small donation when making an online purchase. The client’s name is also attached to the tree.
Clogau’s product development manager, Sam Owen, sister of managing director Ben Roberts, designs all of the company’s jewellery, which is highly prized because it contains rare Welsh gold which is used in wedding rings made for members of the royal family since 1923.
“We are delighted to be part of the first ever GWCT Welsh Gaming Fair which promises to celebrate much of our country’s rich heritage, be a huge delight for all involved and shine a light on the breadth and the depth of Welsh produce, food and drink.
“Clogau is a company with Wales running through its veins and sponsoring the VIP compound suits us perfectly. I look forward to attending the event myself, reinforcing Clogau’s commitment to the campaign, sustainability and being the first carbon negative jewelry company.
Clogau’s story is set deep in the mountains of Snowdonia National Park. Gold was discovered at the Clogau St David mine at Bontddu, near Barmouth in 1854 and it became the richest and most productive gold mine in the Dolgellau gold belt.
Clogau was formed in 1989 when William Roberts discovered, over a drink at the local pub, the existence of an abandoned gold mine beneath the land he had purchased to create an activity center for tourists .
Bill initially planned to use the mine as part of his tourist attraction, giving visitors the chance to pan for gold, but then decided to mine gold himself and use it to create high quality jewelry.
Bill’s son, Ben, picks up the story:
“When I first visited the mine with my father, I saw the gold in the rough. I was struck by the pale pink-yellow tone unlike anything I had seen, a result of the copper that had been mined there before giving that pink hue to the ore in the mine.
“This appreciation for the beauty of this unique hue was the driving force behind the creation of our 1854 blend, to celebrate 165 years since the discovery of gold at Clogau and to celebrate our 30th anniversary. This unique blend is used in our limited edition anniversary rings and Windsor wedding bands.
The Clogau St. David’s mine was a great success and launched the company on an exciting new path. In 1992 the first jewelery containing rare Welsh gold from the mine was sold to the public.
Since then the brand has flourished, with 12 boutiques – Conwy opened in August – and three factory outlets and hundreds of partner retailers across the UK. While the Clogau mine is now closed, the company is in possession of ample reserves from when it was active.
Each Clogau jewel contains rare Welsh gold and bears a Welsh dragon hallmark. Welsh gold has been used to create wedding rings for members of the royal family since 1923, when the Queen Mother, then Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, married the Duke of York.
Every major royal wedding since has included Welsh gold rings, including the weddings of Catherine Middleton and Prince William and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.