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Top-producing Gold Countries

We often think of gold in terms of jewelry and other decorative items that are rich in aesthetic value. Gold is also a key part of financial portfolios and is used in electronics, dentistry, nanotechnology, and other industries.

Top-producing Gold Countries

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The world’s top 10 producers of gold are as follows:

  1. China
  2. Australia
  3. Russia
  4. United States
  5. Canada
  6. South Africa
  7. Peru
  8. Uzbekistan
  9. Mexico
  10. Ghana

This list speaks, to some degree, to the availability of gold in countries, but there’s often more to the stratification than that. For example, China has always been rich in gold deposits, but it wasn’t until 2012 that the country became the world’s largest producer of the precious metal. A couple of factors influenced this ascent. First, the government eased restrictions on purchasing gold. In addition, the country’s improving economy drove up the demand for the metal.

While gold production was ramping up in China, it was declining in South Africa, which had been one of the world’s biggest gold producers in 1990. One of the obvious reasons for the decline was that due to heavy mining, there were fewer deposits of the metal. However, there were other issues at play as well. The demand for gold in the country decreased even as the price of electricity and wages were increasing. In essence, it was becoming more expensive than ever to retrieve gold from the earth’s surface. In addition, the government failed to invest in technology to aid the industry. Thus, miners had to reach out to high-priced public corporations for support.

The “top 10” list will undoubtedly continue to change as supply, demand, national policy, the economic forecast, and other variables continue to alter the world’s gold market.

The Benefits of Automotive Plating

Did you know that vehicle corrosion costs Americans over $23 billion per year? It used to be that car rust was only a problem if you lived close to the coast where the sea salt in the air hastened the development of rust. Today, though, corrosion is also common in snowy areas of the country due to the heavy use of de-icing materials on roads.

Benefits of Automotive Plating

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And road de-icers aren’t the only problem. Rust can also be caused by:

  • Dust and dirt
  • Acid rain
  • Tree sap
  • Bird excrement

Once rust gets started, it can spread fast. It begins by eating away at the paint job. Unchecked, the rust can bore through the body of the car. This exterior damage will compromise your car’s appearance, but if the rust makes it into the inner workings of your vehicle, you’ll have a much bigger problem on your hands. Rust can affect the brakes and the fuel and electrical systems. You may not even realize that rust is hurting your car’s operating systems until your vehicle stops functioning properly and your repair bill is sky high.

So how do you protect your car? You can start by washing it once a week to remove debris that could compromise your car’s finish. You can also electroplate your car to form a shield of protection that will keep corrosion at bay.

Automotive Plating

With electroplating, an electrical current is used to catalyze a reaction that leaves a thin, protective metal coating on the surface of your car. Here are just a few advantages of metal plating:

  • Imparts a brilliant shine to your car’s exterior.
  • Protects your car from fast-spreading corrosion, resulting in lower maintenance costs and a longer life for your vehicle.
  • Keeps rust from infiltrating the car’s operating systems.
  • Metallizes plastic parts that are now commonly used for grills, bumpers, and wheel rims. Electroplating gives these parts a metallic shine and makes them stiffer and more durable.

Electroplating your automobile or gold plating car parts can pay for itself many times over by improving the appearance and longevity of your car.

Gold’s Ancient Roots

Earth is full of gold. The problem is that much of the precious metal is buried deep in the earth’s core where there’s no hope of retrieving it. In fact, there’s so much gold in the center of the earth that if you could access it, you could cover the entire surface of our planet with a gold coating that is over 13 feet thick.

Gold Ancient Roots

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As Earth was forming, there was an abundance of gold and other precious metals, but in the formation process, molten iron sunk into the planet’s center. That molten iron formed what is now the core of the earth. As the iron descended, it took nearly all of Earth’s valuable metals along with it, including gold and platinum.

So if all of the good stuff is locked up in the middle of the Earth, you may be wondering how there’s any to go around. According to research conducted at the United Kingdom’s University of Bristol, the answer lies in the story of a meteor shower that occurred a couple hundred million years after the Earth formed.

To conduct its research, the University team gathered some of the world’s most ancient rocks from Greenland. The rocks are nearly 4 billion years old. They compared isotopes from the ancient rocks with more modern rocks to form their conclusion.

It is believed that the meteor shower returned precious metals to the earth’s surface and that subsequent geologic processes helped stir them into the earth’s mantle and concentrate them in ore deposits. They can be retrieved today from those ore deposits through mining processes.

It’s hard to imagine society today without precious metals, but we may not have had access to gold or any other of these metals if it hadn’t been for the fortunate meteor shower that targeted our planet.

Gold-plated Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air in February with Valentine’s Day fast-approaching. The holiday was named in honor of St. Valentine, who was martyred for refusing to deny his Christian faith. In the 1300s in England, a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer helped link the holiday with romantic love. By the 1700s, the English were fully embracing the practice of giving romantic gifts to express affection. The tradition lives on today as a major retail holiday. Sales of candy, flowers, and, of course, jewelry skyrocket in advance of Valentine’s Day.

Gold-plated Jewelry Valentines Day

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If you are contemplating purchasing gold jewelry for your significant other, it’s important to educate yourself before making a purchase. You can buy solid gold jewelry, but it will be much more expensive. A more affordable option is gold-plated jewelry. Jewelry starts with a base metal that can be plated or covered with a layer of gold metal. For white gold, the base metal is covered with a mixture of yellow gold and white metal.

Be aware that the gold-plating on jewelry can wear away depending on the thickness of the plating. (The thicker the plating, the longer your jewelry will last.) You can then choose to replace the jewelry or get it re-plated.

Another thing to consider when buying gold-plated jewelry is how often it will be worn. For jewelry that is worn daily, solid gold may be the best option because the finish will not wear away over time. For items that are worn less frequently, gold-plated alternatives are a good choice.

You should also be aware of what materials are used for the base metal. A lot of people are allergic to nickel, for example. When the gold plating wears off, your skin will be exposed to the nickel and could become irritated.

There are many options for jewelry—a ring, a bracelet, a pendant, earrings, ankle bracelets, and more. If you want to delight your loved one for the holiday without breaking the bank, consider a beautiful piece of gold-plated jewelry.

Little Known Facts About the Oscar Statuettes

The Academy Awards usually take place in late February, but they have been moved to March 4 so that they don’t conflict with Winter Olympics broadcasts. The 90th version of the awards, honoring the best films of 2017, will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles at 5 p.m. (PST). Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the production just like he did last year.

Known Facts About the Oscar Statuettes

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A record 341 feature films will be contending for the Best Picture award, and even though the ceremony is a few weeks off, the pundits are busy predicting the winners. Though Americans love to watch the iconic Oscar statuettes being handed out to luminaries in the film industry, there’s a lot that they don’t know about the famous awards.

Here are some answers to common questions about one of America’s most coveted statues:

Q: What are the statuettes made of?

A: The earliest iterations were solid bronze plated with gold. Within several years, a pewter-like alloy was used for the core metal. It was coated with copper and nickel silver, then plated with 24-carat gold for a dazzling finish. The latter design has endured through today, with the exception of a few years during WWII when a metal shortage necessitated painted plaster statues. After the war, trophy winners were able to trade their plaster versions in for gold-plated metal versions.

Q: Who won the first Oscar?

A: That award went to Emil Jannings in 1929. He was named Best Actor for his roles in two movies: “The Last Command” and “The Way of all Flesh.”

Q: How many Oscars have been given out?

A: 3,048 statuettes have been awarded since the program’s inception. There’s no telling exactly how many awards the Academy will give out this year. Though the Academy plans to give a designated number of awards, there are often ties and multiple recipients. The Academy keeps extra statues on hand just in case. If they aren’t used, they will be locked up safely until the following year’s competition.

Q: Why do we call the award “The Oscar?”

A: If we called the trophy by its real name, we would refer to it as “the Academy Award of Merit”—but that’s not nearly as catchy. The legend goes that Margaret Herrick (who later became the executive director of the Academy) said that the statue reminded her of her Uncle Oscar. The name was officially used starting in 1939 and lives on today.

Q: How big is the statue?

A: The Oscar measures just over a foot tall (13.5 inches) and weighs in at 8.5 pounds.

 

 

The famous Oscar awarding ceremony is often watched out all over the world. This is the time when all of those famous celebrities, producers, and even the elites would gather together and decide who among them is the best in the field of filmmaking and acting. The rich history of Oscar is featured in this infographic.

5 Facts About Gold Oscar Awards [infographic]

The Difference Between Gold-filled and Gold-plated

When you buy gold jewelry, note that it is classified into two main types – gold-plated and gold-filled. They constitute two unique kinds of gold products. It is important to understand the difference between the two in order to make informed decisions when buying jewelry and other products.

Difference between Gold-filled and Gold-plated

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Gold-plated

Gold plating is a method of covering one type of metal, usually a cheaper one, with a very thin layer of gold film through a process known as electroplating. You may hear jewelry sellers refer to their products as gold-overlay jewelry, but this is just another way of describing gold-plated jewelry.

Gold-plated jewelry is a fairly strong product. Gold itself is a soft metal that is highly susceptible to dents, bending, and nicks. Gold plating provides an attractive finish to a sturdy and durable metal. The downside of a gold-plated item is that the plating could wear away or chip over time, exposing the original metal. Gold-plated material, however, can be re-plated to restore its original luster.

Gold-filled

Gold-filled jewelry is generally more valuable than gold-plated, largely because it contains a higher concentration of high-quality gold. Gold-filled items rank just below solid gold when it comes to value and quality. Solid gold, or pure gold, is not actually a good choice for jewelry because it is very soft. For this reason, gold alloys are used for producing gold jewelry.

Gold-filled items may be crafted from gold alloys that could be very strong, depending on the karat of the gold. The lower the karat, the stronger the product. Higher karat gold is more valuable, but it is also a lot softer.

If you are in doubt as to the kind of gold jewelry you are buying, you can request a professional test to determine whether a product is gold-plated or gold-filled.

The History of Copper and Bronze

Copper, which occurs naturally in pure forms, was one of the first metals used by humans. Early societies, including the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, and Native Americans, valued copper for its aesthetic qualities. Copper was used for making ornaments and decorative items just like gold and silver were.

History of Copper and Bronze

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Different societies have organized copper production in various stages of history. The Mesopotamians produced copper ornaments as early as 4500 BC. The Egyptians worked on copper around 3500 BC, with China developing copper items in 2800 BC. The people of Central America started dabbling in copper production in 600 AD while the people of South Africa were introduced to copper in 900 AD.

Copper came into regular use during the period referred to as the Copper Age. After that, copper was largely supplanted by bronze. The Bronze Age took place mostly in Western Asia and Europe between 3500 and 2500 BC. While copper had many uses, it is a very soft metal. Bronze provided a sturdier base for forming tools and weapons. Bronze is an alloy made of copper and tin. Because the alloy is harder, it holds up well in the forging and casting processes.

The Mesopotamians sourced their copper from Lake Van in what is now Armenia. They excelled in the production of pots, trays, and drinking vessels using copper. They made tools and weapons using the copper alloy of bronze.

The Egyptians, too, found copper to be a valuable and versatile metal. Copper tubes were widely used in the King Sa’Hu-Re Temple around 2750 BC to convey water. The Egyptians used copper and bronze to make razors, mirrors, and weights and balances. Copper and bronze were also incorporated into Egyptian temples and obelisks. These metals continued to be used extensively, even during the beginning of the Iron Age.

Today, copper is used in the construction and power industries. It is also used for industrial machinery and in cars and trucks. Bronze is used in welding and for spark-free tools. (Because it doesn’t spark when struck, it works very well in flammable environments.) Bronze also resists corrosion, so it’s a great choice for seawater piping.

The California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush kicked off on January 14, 1848, when James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, close to the area of present-day Sacramento. The news of gold in the area spread across the country and beyond, resulting in more than 300,000 people coming to California from all over the United States and even abroad. The discovery of gold and the influx of gold prospectors reinvigorated the American economy and catapulted the population of the West Coast. California advanced straight to statehood without having to become a U.S. territory first. The Gold Rush lasted until about 1855.

California Gold Rush

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The Gold Rush substantially changed the lives of California residents. Indigenous societies were pushed off of their lands by gold-seekers. They were decimated by disease, genocide, and starvation, resulting in the precipitous decline of the native population.

Half of the gold-seekers came to California by way of the California Trail and Gila River Trail. The rest came by sea from Latin America, Europe, Australia, and China. It was not only gold that primed the economy. Agriculture also flourished and fed the gold-seekers. Roads, schools, churches, and towns were built all throughout California. New methods of transportation were also developed with steamships regularly stopping at California ports. In 1869, railroads were built from California to the eastern part of the country.

There was no law regulating property rights at the beginning of the Gold Rush. Gold-seekers developed a system of staking claims over goldfields.

The gold prospectors used a very simple technique of panning for gold in streams and riverbeds. Later, more sophisticated methods of gold recovery were adopted. At the peak of the Gold Rush, technological advances were utilized for the faster recovery and processing of gold, requiring significant financing. This gave rise to the formation of gold companies. These companies bankrolled gold recovery and processing. Tens of billions of dollars in gold were unearthed in California, leading to great wealth for the gold companies, while most gold prospectors returned home with much less money than they had started with.

A Hearty Thanks to our Customers

During the celebration of National Thank You Month this January, all of us at Gold Plating Services wish to thank our loyal customers for supporting us over the past couple of decades. We recognize that our customers are our biggest asset. Our number one objective is to continue to offer our clients the finest products and customer service.

Hearty Thanks to our Customers

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At Gold Plating Services, we have provided quality electroplating services and supplies for over 20 years. We offer unparalleled gold plating kits and solutions, gold plating and prototyping equipment for research and development, and automotive plating equipment. Our services include gold select plating, gold and silver plating on coins, automotive brush plating, volume rack plating, on-site plumbing fixture restoration and more. Our long history of providing top-notch goods and services has earned us an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

We feel strongly as a company about the importance of expressing gratitude as part of daily life. We recognize that life can hand us all unexpected challenges, but we believe that it also provides countless blessings that are easily taken for granted. We affirm the importance of looking for the good—not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it helps us to be better people and do better work.

We look forward to continuing to uphold our mission of offering premier electroplating products and services in the coming year. We thank you in advance for helping us to make 2018 another rewarding and productive year.

The Origins of Gold

Gold has become a part of every culture. People are drawn to gold because of its natural beauty, brilliance, and luster as well as its malleability. It is also highly resistant to tarnish, giving it an enduring quality. As opposed to other metals that are found in ore formations that are difficult to smelt, gold occurs in a pure state that is very easy to work with.

Origins of Gold

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Gold was first discovered in its natural state in streams. It was the first metal known to man. Gold is widely dispersed throughout the world, so it was discovered in many different places. Cultures across the globe have been influenced by this metal over time.

In early civilizations, gold was used for ornaments because of its brilliance. It was fashioned into jewelry, idols, shrines, vases, vessels, plates, and cups. It is also linked to the worship of royalties. Early humans used gold to glorify their deities. Humans throughout history have placed a high value on gold, using it to signify power, beauty, and wealth.

Gold is mentioned often in ancient literature. The Book of Genesis in the Bible alludes to gold being found in the land of Havilah. The value of gold was mentioned in the code of Menes, the founder of the first Egyptian dynasty. The first gold treasure map was made around 1320 BC during the time of Seti I.

Early miners employed waterpower to separate gold from the gold-bearing sand. They used the hide of the sheep in trapping the tiny flakes of gold. The “golden fleece” was left to dry. Once it was dry, the fleece was gently beaten, and the gold fell off and was collected. Miners as early as thousands of years ago developed a primitive form of hydraulic mining to get gold. That process was still used during the gold rush of the mid-19th century in California.

 

 

Aurus or Gold has always proven its value since the earliest time it was discovered. In today’s modern world, gold still holds that significant value that people would still go to war for it. Gold can give money or power that one would engage himself in unknown treasure hunting. Take a look at this infographic for you to decide how gold can change lives.

The History of Gold [infographic]