Gold! The element symbol for gold is Au - derived from the old Latin name for gold, aurum, which means "shining dawn" or "glow of sunrise." Throughout history, gold has been treasured for its natural beauty and radiance. For this reason, many cultures have imagined gold to represent the sun.
And ... nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed. Amazing, if you think about this, as you gaze down at your gold ring.
Yellow gold is still the most popular colour, but today gold is available in a diverse palette. The process of alloying—mixing other metals with pure 24 carat gold—gives malleable gold more durability, but can also be used to change its colour.
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