This pendant features a natural Scottish gold nugget, hand panned in the freezing river waters of the west coast of Scotland, set on our sterling silver 'Standing Stane' design - this version has also been plated in our 18ct recycled gold.
A dainty and truly unique piece of jewellery with real heritage! The 5x3mm nugget sits securely on the pendant panel, which measures 18x7mm, including the bail. Measurements are approximate.
Hallmarked with our 'ALBA' gold stamp. Pendant is finished with a complimentary 18" gold plated snake chain and is presented in a quality Two Skies presentation box, ready for gifting or for snaffling away for yourself!
Scottish Gold Sterling Silver Pendant
That's right, gold from Scotland! Lesser known that its Californian counterpart, Scottish gold is described by Adam as "rarer than rocking horse poop"! Twenty years after the start of the Californian gold rush, an announcement in a local newspaper in Sutherland caused similar excitement. Towards the end of 1868 it was reported that a Robert Gilchrist has discovered gold in the Strath of Kildonan, northern Scotland. By early summer of 1869 more than 600 people had arrived in the glen to seek their fortune, most of them walking the thirty miles from what was then the railway terminus in Golspie! Nowadays, our nuggets are panned by hand by Adam’s friends Leon and John in the freezing mountain burns (Scots Gaelic for small river). The localities of Tyndrum on the West Coast, and Leadhills in Wanlockhead are now popular places to find these rare nuggets. However, even if you are a professional, it is still a challenge to find more than a 1/4 of a gram of gold a day, and that's once you have spent an entire day preparing the river! This involves removing the big rocks, in order to get down to the bed rock, where the gold lies hiding in the cracks and crevices. It is then collected by a process know as sniping, i.e. crawling along the river bed, scraping the gold from the bedrock. The material is then panned by hand to separate the small stones and gravel from the gold. Now that's what we call a product of love!