10 Amazing Facts About Metals Used in Jewellery - Gold

Gold is the traditional metal for making wedding bands and engagement rings, with a huge selection of possible styles and appearances thanks to its malleability and variety of colours. As pure gold is too soft for jewellery use, most gold rings are formed of a gold alloy, the amount of gold in which is measured in carats. Adding silver, zinc or palladium gives a stunning white-gold hues, while an alloy of gold and copper creates varying shades of rose gold.

Although many of us are familiar with gold jewellery, there are a lot of unusual facts about this warm and elegant metal that you may not be aware of..

  1. Gold is edible

  2. The Earths core contains enough gold to coat its surface 1.5 feet deep

  3. Our blood contains gold

  4. Earthquakes turn water into gold

  5. More gold is retrieved form a ton of PCs than 17 tons of gold ore

  6. Olympic swimming pools could hold all of the gold ever mined

  7. The worlds oceans contain around 20 million tons of gold

  8. Almost half of the gold ever mined came from Witwatersrand, South Africa

  9. Aurophobia is the fear of gold

  10. Indian housewives hold 11% of the world's gold  

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