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Where Does Gold Come From?

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Where did all this gold come from? According to recent studies, there are many astronomers who now suggest that gold and other heavy metals were formed in the early days of the universe when neutron stars collided. These neutron rich, catastrophic explosions caused by the enormous stars spiraling into each other at unimaginable speeds were among the most powerful explosions in the universe! These explosions seem to account for the neutron rich heavy elements like gold. So gold literally shines like the stars. That explains part of its UNIVERSAL appeal... ok, that was a bad pun.

That is where gold literally comes from, but where is gold found on Earth? There are two kinds of gold that can be found on Earth: Loose gold and Deep Mined Gold. Loose gold is often called 'Alluvial' or 'placer gold.' It is found in the form of nuggets of a fine dust in stream beds and rivers where the flowing waters have worn away the rocks and ore that once held it. For thousands of years, placer gold has been mankind's main source of gold bullion. It wasn't tell the 1800's that deep mined gold started to be common. Deep mined gold accounts for South Africa's vast gold reserves which result in the popular gold krugerrand coins. Deep mined gold can be found with 99% purity, where as alluvial gold is often 70-90% pure.

Gold is the original recyclable material. Gold is easy to work with, shape, repair, and melt down. Since it never tarnishes, you never throw it away, you recycle it. The gold you see today could easily have had a very sordid previous life.

Most gold bullion coins that you see on the market today are newly minted freshly mined gold. However, there is much gold in the world today that could easily have been the same gold that the Spaniards pillaged out of Mexico and South America. For centuries, South America was one of the most important sources of gold for the European economy. It was stolen, mined, and melted into gold bars for the upper class of Spain, France, and Portugal. Most of the upper class were none the wiser to how this beautiful commodity came into their possession.

Your gold necklace could have a very long history. It could have lived before as an ancient coin used to buy goods, it could have spent centuries in a tomb of an ancient king, it could have been washed crimson in the blood of the fallen Incan warriors who protected it from rival tribes and the conquistadors, it could have been carried in the chests that the Queen of Sheba brought over to impress King Solomon, or it could have come out of Solomon's fabled mines themselves!

Gold is the most desirable commodity on the planet. Think about gold's long and rich history the next time you notice its alluring sparkle.

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