The History of Scottish Gold

Treasure From the Heart of Scotland

Until recently, only tiny grains of gold were found glittering in riverbeds in the Scottish Highlands during the 1800s. It was enough to start a Scottish Gold rush with many hopeful people searching and panning, though little was found and less survived. Just two hallmarked Scottish Gold artefacts are archived at the Museum of Scotland.

An exciting chapter is now being written in the history of Scottish Gold jewellery. For the first time ever, Scottish Gold mines are extracting this rare metal for commercial use. Hamilton & Inches is one of only two jewellers in the world with access to Scottish Gold, creating authentic fine jewellery ethically sourced from Tyndrum.

scottish gold jewellery
Fit for a Queen

Scottish Gold has been used in jewellery for hundreds of years with the earliest of known pieces dating back to the Iron Age. Our most famous historical leaders such as Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce were known to have adorned themselves in the treasured element. Scotland’s captivation with gold has been a significant part of our culture for thousands of years.

During the Victorian era, many Scots were enthused by the discovery of gold in California. The stories travelled across the North Atlantic Ocean, inspiring many to seek their fortune in the new land. However, many of those who panned for gold were untrained in the field and mistook pyrite for gold, making it historically known as the Fool’s Gold Rush.

A Precious Thread

For centuries, gold has primarily been collected from rivers; a more widely available and accessible method which does not work reliably and is not commercially viable.

Most of the world’s gold has been retrieved through mining due to the efficiency and effectiveness of the process. Scottish Gold now finally has the ability to take its rightful place on a worldwide platform. The introduction of the mine at Tyndrum means we can produce ethical and pure Scottish Gold that is commercially viable.