Who doesn’t love gold? Whether necklaces, rings, or hoop earrings. We have an affinity with this metal, and why? It is absolutely stunning and looks gorgeous as a bangle or other pretty bauble. Well, how about some interesting nuggets about this admired element? Here are 10 astonishing gold facts that you are not aware of.  So read up and get everything you need to know here – No chemistry class required! We are certainly carried away to learn that we could eat the stuff if we wanted to, and it has been around for a super-long time!

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10 They Loved Gold Even Back Then

gold factsGold has been used in jewelry-making since 4,000 BC.

9 We’re Using it in Medicine Now

gold factsMedical researchers and scientists are utilizing the element to treat patients with cancer.

8 Gold is used in Space

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It’s actually used to construct the visors on astronaut’s space suits.

7 Grills Aren’t a New Thing

gold factsThe ancient Celtic tradition used gold teeth back in the third century B.C.

6 Gold is Just Really Pretty Space Junk

gold factsScientists say that gold originated from space and collided with the earth some four billion years ago.

5 Gold Has an Inspiring Origin

gold factsIn the beginning, scientists say that gold most likely came from neutron stars (also known as dead stars.)

4 Gold Rush to South Africa!

gold factsPeople went to South Africa to find 2/3 of the world’s gold in 1886. This actually led to the establishment of Johannesburg, South Africa.

3 It’s All About That Jewelry

gold factsAbout 78% of the gold found around the world is used to make jewelry.

2 Where’s the rest?

gold factsThey are found in mouth (dental implants), technology (electronics), and hospitals (medical projects.)

1 Gold vs. Sun

gold factsNo wonder space explorers use gold in their visors; the element helps to block the sun’s UV rays.

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10 Bonus Knowledge Nuggets

Pure gold is actually a ruddier reddish color. Gold was also a popular item for shamans and was used to treat epilepsy, depression, alcoholism, migraines, and loss of menstruation among females in earlier times. Some forms of gold salt have anti-inflammatory properties, too!

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