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The ABC’s of Gold

Gold was a form of currency before the American Dollar, the Indian Rupee, or the British Pound was even thought of. In fact, gold has been valued as a form of currency almost since it was found. In some parts of the world today it is still used to denote wealth. Rare and very heavy, it has been used throughout the ages as a status symbol for the rich, kings, and merchants alike. Welcome to our little tour into the world of gold. We hope you enjoy it.

As one of the world’s most precious and valuable metals, gold sets itself apart from all the rest. It is so soft and malleable that a mere ounce of this metal can be stretched into a long wire that stretches 5 miles in length. If you like, you can pound this same ounce so thin that it will produce a sheet that can cover over 100 square feet. It will not corrode or rust, so it can last indefinitely.

Gold can be found almost everywhere and anywhere. It is found in our seas and rivers, in the crust beneath our feet, and in our plants as well. It’s too bad that it is so expensive and difficult to extract. This is what makes gold so pricey. It will take about 2.5 to 3 tons of gold ore to produce one single ounce of pure gold.

Here’s a question for you. Do you happen to know what the most popular metal being used in jewelry is? You got it…gold. It is used in heart jewelry, fine jewelry, and cool jewelry as well. Most of this gold goes into one particular form of jewelry…the simple wedding band. Since pure gold is so malleable and soft, it is usually combined with other metals in order to make it more durable and strong, and ensure that it will not bend so easily. What happens when you mix two or more metals together? You get an alloy. Most of the gold that is used in jewelry production today is an alloy.

So, what are these various types of jewelry you ask? How about: (1) Gold jewelry, (2) Rose gold jewelry, (3) Wholesale gold jewelry, (4) White gold jewelry, (5) Gold plated jewelry, (6) Gold body jewelry, (7) 18k gold jewelry, (8) Gold charm jewelry, (9) 24k gold jewelry, (10) 14k gold jewelry, (11) Gold horse jewelry, (12) 22k gold jewelry, (13) Indian gold jewelry, (14) Plus other beautiful gold jewelry items.

Have you ever heard the word karat before? It is often used when referring to gold. It is derived from the word for the fruit of the carob tree. Some popular examples are: the Greek word “keration”, the Italian word “carato”, and the Arabic word “girat”. The seeds of the carob tree were used to measure the size of precious gems in the ancient world. Since the solidus (the pure Byzantine coin) weighed in at 24 karats, the 24 karat mark (or 24KT or 24K) became the mark used to denote that the item in question was in fact made of pure gold.

We hope that you enjoyed our little journey into the world of gold. We would love to have you visit our blog where we will go into more details on this subject, heart jewelry, and jewelry in general. See you there…

Want to find out more about gold jewelry, then visit Betsy Johnson’s site on how to choose the best gold heart jewelry for your needs.