A great little specimen of Native Gold in a box with a magnifying lid. The gold is perched on top of the quartz matrix. It’s a really nice little crystal and great example of native gold in quartz. Gold is a noble metal and a native metal. The former for it’s resistance to corrosion and the latter as it has a single element, symbol Au. Gold and humans go way back, for better and for worse. A cute little specimen like this would grace any collection. Another beaut Aussie rock!
The box measures 2.5cm on each side.
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.
Gold is one of the first minerals used by prehistoric cultures. The Latin name for this mineral was “aurum” and Jöns jakob Berzelius used Au to represent the element when he established the current system of chemical symbols. The Old English world “gold” first appeared in written form about 725 and may further have been derived from “gehl” or “jehl”. May be derived from Anglo-Saxon “gold” = yellow. (Known to alchemists as Sol.)
A native element and precious metal, Gold has long been prized for its beauty, resistance to chemical attack and workability. As it is found as a native element, has a relatively low melting point (1063 degrees Celsius) and is malleable, it has been used by mankind for thousands of years.
Gold is used as a standard for international currency and is also widely used in jewelry, electronics (where its superb properties as a conductor help offset its tremendous cost), dentistry and in photographic processes.