The value and need for Gold.
Gold has been a highly valued precious metal for currency, jewellery, and prestige since the beginning of our recorded history. The metal can be found as grains in water or nuggets in seams of rock with other ore. Gold has many uses away from the world of beauty, fashion and financial affairs. Gold has properties which makes it ideal to use in technology.
The computer or hand held device you are using now has some element of gold in its construction( Please do not smash your machine up- it really isn't enough to justify the damage ). Gold was and still can be used in dentistry fillings. In the Second World War the victims of the Concentration Camps had their pure Gold fillings removed by the Nazi overseers. Today our entire capitalist monetary system is underpinned by the stores of Gold in individual countries.
Pure gold is too soft for our day-to-day use as coins and is typically hardened by alloying it with copper, silver or other base metals. The Gold content of alloys is measured in carats(k) this is a measure of purity. Pure gold is designated as 24k. Gold coins intended for circulation from 16th Century until the wall street crash were typically a standard 22k alloy called Crown Gold. Essentially the notes and coins we carry are a promise to pay for goods in Gold. Gold has eternal worth as we put a value to it long ago, Gold may symbolize power, strength, wealth, warmth, happiness, love, hope, optimism, intelligence, justice, balance, perfection, summer, harvest and the sun. I would suggest that gold is valuable as it does not oxidize as quick as other metals and its radiant colour makes people believe it has a inner beauty and radiance.
Symbolic use of Gold
You may have noticed that I have put Amazon adverts on this hub advertising nothing but Gold jewellery. No I am not expecting a thousand people to read this hub and then go over to amazon and click on buy item ( In truth it would be desired but I am been realistic! ) What I am illustrating is the worth of gold in relation to Emeralds, Diamonds, Rubies and other gem stones. You may have noticed there are pieces of jewellery available laden with gem stones which compare with the price of a new car. Now the reason I draw your attention to it is this, the ring does look really precious and elegant. But what do you think drives this items price. It is built and put together by a master of his or her craft, and you can see the effort and love poured into it.
Do we pay this money to own the ring and convey our love to our hearts desire. Quick answer yes! the cost of the ring is negligible to the gesture we are trying to give our other half. In a sensible world we could express our love without twisted metal and rocks mined from the Earth.
Gold is the essence of the divine imprisoned in a rock created by high pressure and high temperatures. For some reason I cannot ever hope to explain this golden rock has been placed high on the list of things to have, own, want and desire. It seems Gold has become the symbol for goodness. It is a metal that people fell in love with and a metal that people will continue to fall in love with for years to come.
Is Gold a metal with a false value?
Other related topics
- The Nazi regime and Europe's Gold .
The fate of the Gold of Europe taken by the Nazi regime in WW2 is a mystery still waiting to be solved. Much of the Nazi Gold is still missing, and many victims of the Nazi still need compensating.
- Selling your unwanted gold for cash?
Please remember that the gold recycling company is paying you for the value of the gold you send them. They as a rule do not care about the design, intricacy of production, gemstones or more importantly what you paid for it
- Where can you mine for Gold in Ireland.
Many ton's of Gold could be found in Ireland, recent years have seen increased efforts to find Ireland's Gold reserves. A mini-Gold rush could soon occur in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.