Meghan Markle’s wedding ring sees Welsh gold business boom with dozens of jobs created as fans snap up royal bling
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MEGHAN Markle’s sparkle has helped business boom in the Welsh gold industry following her wedding.
The newlywed Duchess of Sussex has helped a jeweller open four new stores – and beat the slump in the high street.
Up to thirty new jobs are being created in the jewellers after the “Meg effect” sent their sales soaring.
Prince Harry’s bride Meghan wears a wedding ring with gold from the Clogau mine in North Wales – carrying on a 95-year-old royal tradition.
The new Clogau brand stores in Wales and Merseyside also use gold mined from the same St David’s mine source.
The firm is opening stores in in Llandudno, Bangor, Swansea and a new larger site for its outlet at Cheshire Oaks retail park at Ellesmere Port.
They will create up to 30 new jobs and provide a boost to high streets at a time when the retail sector is struggling.
A spokeswoman said: “It’s nice to have an association with the modern royal family and to see them carrying on the tradition.”
The jewellers first used rare Welsh gold from the Clogau mine in 1994 with brides-to-be among their best customers.
The first royal bride to wear a Clogau ring was the Queen Mother.
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The company already employs more than 120 people.
A spokeswoman said: “With the UK High Street facing tough trading times, Clogau’s expansion brings a much needed boost to the local economies where the new stores will be located.
“Twenty to thirty new jobs will be created and the brand will engage with other local businesses to make the most of the commercial opportunities.”
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