- gold's color, brightness, durability, malleableness, and its value in the minds of men from earlier times
- an ounce (28 g) of gold can be beaten out to 187 square feet in extremely thin sheets called gold leaf
- examples of elaborate gold workmanship from ancient Egypt, Assyria, etc.
- gold's official role in the international monetary system came to an end by the 1970s, though the metal remains a highly regarded reserve asset and around 45% is held by governments and central banks
- South Africa, especially the Witwatersrand mines, produces about one-third of the world's gold
- most gold is alloyed to produce the various shades of yellow gold (silver, copper, zinc) or white gold (nickel, copper, zinc)
- dining on 18-karat gold plates with 18-karat utensils
- Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such. (H. Miller)
- silence is golden
- Gold cannot be pure, and people cannot be perfect. (Chinese proverb)
- There is more gold dissolved in seawater than there is on land.
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