Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Gold Part 1
Gold, who on this planet does not innately treasure this sought after material. Gold was first discovered in its natural state as shining, yellow nuggets, in streams all over the world. No doubt it was the first metal known to early hominids. As a result of being found all over the world, gold became a part of every human culture. Nearly every civilization that found gold was impressed with the shiny metal. Its brilliance, luster, and natural aesthetic beauty coupled with its great malleability and resistance to tarnish made it enjoyable for metal smiths to work and create with. Gold was the first metal widely known to and worked with in cultures around the globe. Historically, we consider the development of working with iron and copper as the greatest contributions to civilizations economic and cultural advancement, which is certainly true; but working with gold came first.