Gold Is Au-Some
It’s no secret that we love gold! Today we’re gonna share with you some of our favourite, interesting gold tidbits. Sit back and enjoy.
Did you know that gold is the only metal that is naturally yellow in colour? Other metals can achieve the sought after golden look through anodizing or oxidation, but only real gold comes that way naturally.
Gold… From… Space!
Did you know that nearly all of the gold on Earth arrived here via meteorites that pelted the planet million of years ago?
(And space could even be providing us with more gold in the future.)
Size Matters! (Part 1)
Did you know that a single ounce of gold can be stretched into a gold thread 8 kms long?
Size Matters! (Part 2)
Did you know that a single ounce of gold can be flattened down into a sheet that is 300 square feet? The gold becomes so thin that you can see right through it!
Did you know that gold is considered non toxic? Gold flakes can actually be sprinkled on food and eaten! Darren and Kara once enjoyed some fancy sushi while in Vegas that was decorated in edible gold flakes.
Did you know that gold is relatively nonreactive to air, water, or even most acids? It can conduct heat and electricity, and it never rusts! Gold is completely inert, meaning that it does not react to our body’s or cause irritation making it a great choice for initial piercings.
Did you know that gold has been found on every continent? The largest piece of gold ever found was 10×25 inches, and yielded over 2000 ounces of pure gold! The most amazing part? It was found just 2 inches below the ground!
The Golden Apple.
Did you know that 25% of the worlds gold is being stored 5 stories underground in the Federal Reserve bank in New York?
Know your karats.
24 karat = pure gold.
18 karat = 75% gold.
14 karat = 58% gold.
10 karat = 42% gold.
So what else is in there? Gold is commonly alloyed with silver, platinum, palladium, nickel, zinc, or a host of other metals. Even lead. Quality matters, so always make sure you are buying top quality gold from reputable sources that will share with you which alloys they use.
Pure gold is 24 karat, and is so soft it can be molded by hand. In order to be called “solid” gold, a piece has to have a minimum weight of 10 carats.
Tune in next week! Same blog time. Some other blog topic.