South Africa is the #1 gold producer in the World. #2 is the US (Nevada produces the most gold in the states).
1 oz of 24k gold can be drawn out to 50 miles of wire or hammered to a sheet 5 millionths of an inch thick. Gold can be hammered so thin that sunlight can pass through it.
Egyptians called gold “Nube” because of Nubia, which is where a lot of gold was (and still is) mined.
Au stands for Gold on the periodic table of elements (element 79). Aurum means “shining dawn” in Latin.
161,000 tons of gold have been mined throughout all of time. Compare that to 5.6 million tons of aluminum a year in the US!
Jewelry accounts for 2/3 of all gold in use. Electronics uses the other 1/3 because gold is such a great conductor.
Interested in learning more about working with gold and gold alloying? Check out some of our upcoming gold classes!