The story of gold is as rich and complex as the metal itself. Wars have been fought for it and love has been declared with it. It has long been revered: from the Ancient Egyptians, whose hieroglyphs portray gold as the brilliance of the sun to the modern astronomers who use mirrors coated with gold to capture images of the heavens.
By 325 BC the Greeks had mined for gold from Gibraltar to Asia Minor. In 1848, James Marshall found flakes of gold while building a saw-mill near Sacramento and so triggered the gold rush in California. Many people even left Australia for California to look for gold there. The New South Wales government re-thought its position and sought approval from the Colonial Office in England to allow the exploitation of the mineral resources in the state and and also offered rewards for the finding of gold.
Gold is rare. Today, it is estimated that there are 165,000 metric tonnes of stocks in existence above ground. If every single ounce of this gold were placed next to each other, the resulting cube of pure gold would only measure 20 metres in any direction.
24K gold is pure gold in its refined state. It is soft, flexible and quite delicate.
22K and 21K gold is made of 91% and 87% pure gold respectively. It is mostly used in India and the Middle East.
18K gold has become the international standard for jewellery, containing 75% pure gold. Combining purity with performance, 18K gold has been adopted for use by the world’s leading watch brands. In addition, 18K gold can magically begin to change colour as other metals are added to the alloy (such as the increasingly popular rose gold hues).
One of the great qualities of gold is its malleability. This, combined with its physical beauty and resistance to corrosion, makes gold the ultimate creative medium.