GOLD: A princessís attire, a geologistís
They say, that not all that glitters is gold,
and they are right for a better part of all
which sparkles and shines. Many have been fooled
by a golden allure which turned out to be
nothing but a reflection of the sun on a hot tin
Historically speaking, gold has the been the
object of many, and its purposes, though have
evolved over time still remain more or less the
same. This shiny yellowish metal, which many
have been in pursuit of, and which some would
have sold their own children for, is of high
Over time, gold has been used as money, from
which coins were made, as a store of value, and
as jewelry, which is probably a more popular use
today, among the ladies of course.
Gold has many interesting properties. First of
all, it is the most ductile and malleable metal
known to man. One single gram of gold can be
beaten down and spread over a squared meter.
This says a lot about how easy it is to
manipulate gold. Being this malleable, jewelry
made from pure gold would surely bend during
wear, and so, alloys are used in jewelry making.
Gold is easily mixed with copper, iron,
aluminum, and silver, though copper and silver
are used more in the jewelry industry.
Gold is measured in karats (K), with the pure
form of gold being 24 karats. Jewelry comes in
21, 18, or 14 karats with more alloys added as
the degree in karats decreases.