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Interesting Facts about Gold

The chemical symbol for gold is Au, from the Latin aurum, which means 'shining dawn'.

Gold is bright yellow and has a high luster. Apart from copper it is the only non white colored metal. Gold's attractive warm colour has led to its widespread use in decoration.

As pure gold is very soft, it is often combined with other things when making jewelry.

Gold can cause allergies on the skin. This allergy affects more women than men.

Gold is so ductile and malleable that an ounce of gold can be stretched to a length of over fifty miles or beaten into a sheet to cover a hundred square feet. A single gram of gold can be beaten into a sheet of one square metre.

Gold can be made into thread and used in embroidery.

Mixing of copper creates pink and rose tones in gold. The more the copper, the deeper will be the effect.

The first discovery of gold in the United States was at the Reed Gold Mine near Georgeville, North Carolina in 1803.

Some cars use gold for heat dissipation.

The word gold derives from the Old English Anglo-Saxon word 'geolo' meaning yellow.

Gold bars were made as early as 4000 BC.

Purity of gold is measured in Carats. A carat was originally a unit of mass based on the carob seed used by ancient merchants.

Great achievements are often rewarded with gold such as gold medals in the Olympic Games.

In 1968, gold was made the official state mineral of Alaska.

Throughout history, gold coins were often used as money. These have largely been replaced by paper money.

India is the largest consumer of gold.