10 Gold Facts that "not a lot of people know about!"

These are 10 interesting facts that gold buyers or anyone for that matter may not know about!

1.    Gold is the only metal that is yellow or "golden". Other metals may show a yellowish colour, but only after they have oxidized or reacted with other chemicals.

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                                                 Fig. Gold Nugget

2.    Nearly all of the gold on Earth has come from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.

3.    The symbol for gold is “Au”. The symbol comes from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means "shining dawn" or "glow of sunrise".

4.    Gold is extremely ductile. A single ounce of gold (about 28 grams) can be stretched into a gold thread 5 miles (8 kilometers) long. Gold threads can and are used as embroidery thread.

5.    A single ounce of gold can be beaten out into a sheet that is 300 square feet. A sheet of gold can be made thin enough to be transparent. Very thin sheets of gold may appear greenish blue because gold strongly reflects red and yellow.

6.    Gold is generally considered non-toxic. Gold metal flakes may be eaten in foods or drinks.

7.    24 Carat gold is pure gold. 18 karat gold is 75% pure gold. 14 karat gold is 58.5% pure gold and 10 karat gold is 41.7% pure gold and so on. The remaining portion of the metal usually is silver, but may consist of other metals or a combination of metals, such as platinum, copper, palladium, zinc, nickel, iron, and cadmium.

8.    Gold resists degradation by air, moisture, or acidic conditions. While acids dissolve most metals, a special mixture of acids called aqua regia is used to dissolve gold.

9.    Gold has many uses, aside from its monetary and symbolic value. Among other applications, it is used in electronics, electrical wiring, dentistry, electronics, medicine, radiation shielding, and to colour glass.

10.   High purity Gold is odourless and tasteless. 

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