Gold plays a HUGE part in the jewelry industry (about 78% of gold consumed each year is made into jewelry), but I had no idea it was used in so many other industries as well. Take a look at the list below for a little Saturday afternoon enlightenment.
- Architecture: gold can be pounded and rolled into super thin sheets, gold leaf, and used on both the outside and inside of buildings for that extra little decorative touch.
- Electronics: manufacturers use gold extensively because of its high conductivity. Gold conducts electricty better than any other metal besides silver and copper, but doesn’t corrode as easily. You can find gold in your cell phone and computer.
- Health care: Gold is a bio-compatible metal – meaning our bodies don’t reject it. Dentists have been using gold in their practice for thousands of years. They utilize gold for crowns and fillings mostly. Pharmacists use it as well for certain medicines, such as sodium aurichloride for rheumatoid arthritis. You can also find gold in pacemakers and inner ear implants. The first documented cases of doctors using gold to heal trace back to China in the year 2500 BC. Doctors used gold to treat skin ulcers and smallpox.
- Food and beverage: Small amounts of gold sometimes brighten foods such as jelly or liqueurs, like Goldschläger.
- Environment: Gold can play a part in reducing pollution. Scientists have recently discovered that gold particles energized by the sun can destroy volatile organic chemicals.
- NASA: scientists use gold to line the visor of an astronaut’s helmet to help reflect harmful rays away from their eyes.
Gold – so many uses, so little time. Because gold jewelry is awesome, we offer a 6 week gold alloying and recycling class at Liloveve starting Wednesday, May 21st. You can get your gold fix there.