- The name of your company is Aur Cymru Limited, what does it mean?
the words Aur Cymru mean Welsh Gold in the Welsh language.
- How are you able to supply items containing Welsh gold when there are no working gold mines?
Our main source is gold panned from the rivers and streams of Wales. This is a time consuming process and the yields are low but enough to get by. However we can only supply a limited number of 100% Welsh gold items each year. We also have a reserve stock of Welsh gold mined from the old Gwynfyndd mine.
- How are you still able to obtain gold panned in Wales when there is a ban at the present time?
There are still areas in private hands not covered by the ban.
- Are all your items hand made?
Yes they are unless otherwise stated.
- Will I receive a Certificate of Authentication that my jewellery contains Welsh gold?
Yes you will.
- What is the Welsh Maiden trade mark that you use and does it appear on all your jewellery?
The Welsh Maiden trade mark appears only on items containing 100% Welsh gold. On items containing less than 100% the trade mark is not used. The Welsh Maiden mark used to be used by the Gwynfyndd mine to indicate 100% purity and we have been allowed to take the mark over. No other company can use this mark. It is your guarantee that the item contains 100% pure Welsh gold.
- Is it true that the British Royal family traditionally have wedding rings made from Welsh gold?
Yes it is. And quite a lot of A list celebrities too. When Prince William married Kate Middleton her wedding ring was made from Welsh gold in keeping with long tradition. And, of course, the wedding ring of Diana, Princess of Wales, was made from Welsh gold.
- Does Welsh gold look different to other gold?
No, it doesn’t. There is a myth that it is naturally rose coloured and some manufacturers artificially induce that colour by introducing copper into the mixture.
- Is the jewellery made in Wales?
At the present time it is made in the Roman city of York which is where the finest goldsmith we could find lives. We don’t think it makes much difference where the jewellery is made as long as it contains authentic Welsh gold.
- Are you a 100% ethical company?
Happily we can say a definite yes.
- Are you able to deliver to all parts of the world?
Generally speaking yes but there will always be exceptions. Please check with us. Unless there are exceptional circumstances delivery is free.
- I see on your website you refer to Welsh gold rings and bands. What’s the differerence between the two terms?
The words are used interchangeably. In the USA the word ‘band’ is used whereas in the United Kingdom (which includes Wales) the word ‘ring’ is used.
- Can you please explain what 18 carat gold means?
Jewellery is rarely if ever made in 24 carat gold (that is 100% pure gold) because it’s far too soft and would not last very long as it would be so easily damaged. So jewellers over the centuries have added other metals, often silver, to add durability. The percentage of silver etc added to the gold determines whether a ring will be 9 carat, 14 carat, 18 carat or 22 carat. It is the Assay Office who test the particular piece of jewellery and mark it with the appropriate carat designation – this is referred to by the Assay Office as the Standard Mark. In the case of an 18 carat item it will bear the Standard Mark 750, the figure shows that the article consists of 750 parts of gold by weight to 250 parts of other metals – 75% gold. This is equal to 18 carats (18 parts in every 24), the traditional way of describing the purity of gold. However the Assay Office will still mark the item as 18 carat if the gold content is higher than 75% but not quite up to 91.6% which would take the item into the 22 carat category.
- What percentage of pure Welsh gold do your 18 carat rings contain?
We use raw Welsh gold panned from streams and rivers in Wales which means that the composition of the gold varies as it is natural occurring. Our goldsmith smelts these small flakes and nuggets of Welsh gold and in doing so removes ‘debris’ leaving the workable precious metal which is typically 90% pure Welsh gold, the residual 10% being typically silver and small amounts of other metals. But because the purity of the ring or other item being made is normally not over 91.6% the Assay Office marks it as 18 carat. So whilst 18 carat usually refers to 75% purity our 18 carat Welsh gold rings typically well exceed that percentage.
- What are your views about phrases like a ‘touch of Welsh gold’ as used by other companies?
We feel strongly that those companies which use the phrase ‘a touch of Welsh gold’ and similar phrases should be required by law to state exactly what the Welsh gold content is. Until the speculation is ended by an open statement of content there will always be doubt. It is difficult to think of any product where the vendor is not required to disclose what it contains. Recently there have been efforts to enforce disclosure but so far these has been unfruitful – see http://waleseye.com/post/90602024276/who-sells-his-freedom-in-exchange-for-gold
When you buy from Aur Cymru Limited we state exactly what the Welsh gold content is. We would run our business no other way.