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The Glitters of Gold

Aug 17, 2007
As they say, not all that glitters is gold. But what is it in gold that makes it glitters? Is it because of its chemical components, its unique characteristics, or simply because it is just the way it is?

Scientifically, gold is a metal and at the same time a chemical element with the symbol Au, which stands for aurum, in the periodic table. Of all the different kinds of metals, gold is deemed as the most malleable and is ductile or one that can be flexed.

That is why it is the most popular metal being used for jewelries, trinkets, and charms.

In many instances, the gold's color is yellow, but it can also have other colors such as ruby, black, or even purple depending on the "plasmon frequency" placed in the observable scope.

In this instance, plasmon frequency is the one responsible in reflecting the yellow and red light and the blue light to be sucked up.

For so many years now, gold has been a part of our human history. In fact, it was even used by the early human populace as an apparatus in their primitive way of living. It has captivated man's desire for existence and superiority with its unique traits and functions.

In 4000 BC, the Europeans were said to be the first people who used gold in their daily living. They crafted it into different kinds of jewelry and extremely classy pieces of artistic objects.

In Egypt, gold was reportedly used as an element in King Tutankamen's mask. Several historical reports asserted that the golden mask of the king had preserved its radiance and luster even after so many years of civilization that had passed.

Even in the past events, gold has long been a symbol of royalty and superiority. According to the Old Testament, gold was a symbol of King Solomon's riches. It was also a symbol of thanksgiving and appreciation just like what the Queen of Sheba had done when she gave King Solomon large amount of gold as a sign of gratitude.

However, it was only during the fifth century when the Chinese, Greek, and Arabic civilization had introduced its new concept, which eventually resulted to the introduction of the science of chemistry. Here, gold is now considered as a chemical element, one that has more stable and practical function and not just any symbolic matter.

It was after the introduction of chemistry that it gained more popularity. From then on, gold has been considered by the people as one of the most prized metals. They have used it in making different icons, statues, and jewelries.

In today's contemporary society, the most malleable metal of all has surpassed its usual traditional functions. Nowadays, it is being used in the new technology where man is no longer simply fascinated by its luster and shine but also by its capability of producing quality products like computers, home appliances, and mobile phones.

This wonderful metal is also used in embroidery, dentistry, ceramics, and even photography. In fact, cancer patients have found more of its feasible uses. There are many instances wherein it is being used when treating cancer patients and other diseases.

These are just a few of the many uses of gold. It serves as a viable element not just for jewelries and art objects but to all aspects that give humanity the reason to live life to its fullest.

So, now we know that this remarkable metal is not just considered pure and rare because of its characteristics but to the many functions and uses, as well, that it has served mankind throughout the years.
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