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GOLD: A princessís attire, a geologistís dream.

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 can.

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 intrinsic value.

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.