BODELWYDDAN, Wales (Reuters) – When Britain’s Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle in May he might be following a royal custom began practically 100 years in the past of utilizing a marriage band of Welsh gold.
His great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, was the primary to make use of gold from Wales in her ring when, as Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, she married the longer term King George VI in 1923.
Her instance was adopted by the present Queen Elizabeth when she married Prince Philip in 1947 after which by royals by way of to Prince William’s wedding ceremony to Catherine Middleton in 2011.
For Markle’s wedding ceremony, the uncommon gold ring with the Welsh dragon stamp will in all probability be made by jeweler Wartski at their London workshop, mentioned Ben Roberts, managing director of Clogau which has supplied gold for the royal household for greater than a century.
Roberts mentioned he thought the ring could be a lightweight shade of gold to match Markle’s engagement ring, which was designed by Prince Harry and options three diamonds.
“Looking at her engagement ring, it will probably have to match, so it will probably be yellow,” he advised Reuters, somewhat than the distinctive rose-gold generally used within the company’s jewelry designs.
In 1981, Clogau gave the queen an ingot of Welsh gold from one in every of its two mines, Clogau St David’s, to make the marriage rings of future royal brides.
The 24-carat Welsh gold has a better proportion of pure gold than normal 18-carat gold, giving it a wealthy, heat colour.
The company’s two mines, each in Bontddu, northwest Wales, are at the moment closed, having final operated within the late 1990s. As finite gold assets are operating out, Roberts has plans to reopen Gwynfynydd within the close to future and invite the queen’s son and inheritor Prince Charles to go to the mine.
Editing by Stephen Addison