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While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, gold isn’t far behind. From earrings to coins, gold is still one of the most coveted metals available. Check out a few of these interesting facts about one of the world’s most valuable substances.

  • There are gold vending machines in various parts of the world. The first one was built in an Abu Dhabi hotel and dispensed different types of gold to the purchaser.
  • Gold is considered the most malleable and ductile element known to man. Malleability is measured by how easily a material can be hammered into a thin sheet. Gold is so soft that it is easily molded by bare hands. It can even be made so thin that it can be seen through.
  • Pure gold is odorless and tasteless. In fact, it’s considered non-toxic even though it’s dense and heavy. Gold flakes are often used in drinks and to decorate different foods. Eating these small flakes isn’t harmful at all, but it also won’t taste like anything.
  • 24 karat gold is the absolute purest form that gold can be found in. 18 karat gold is considered to be 75% pure gold. 14 karat gold is about 58% pure gold, and 10 karat gold is around 41% pure gold.  In the less pure forms of gold, the remaining portion is usually made up of less valuable metals like silver, platinum, copper, zinc, nickel, iron, or a mixture of many different metals.
  • While gold is very valuable and rare, a lot of the earth’s gold hasn’t been discovered yet. In fact, 10 billion tons of gold may still be buried in the world’s oceans. That means that there are more than 25 tons of gold per each mile of water in the sea.

Whether you love gold in the form of jewelry or coins, it’s one of the most valuable elements in the world. Protect your gold and keep it safely stored when not in use. If you have questions regarding gold, consult with your gold dealer in Atlanta.