• Type                                          Element #79(Minerals/Ores of)
  • Mineral Classification             Native
  • Chemical Formula                   Au
  • Streak                                       Shining Yellow
  • Mohs Hardness                        2.5-3
  • Crystal System                         Isometric
  • Color                                          Gold
  • Luster                                        Metallic
  • Fracture                                    Jagged

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Gold (element #79, symbol Au) is a heavy, shiny yellow metal.  Its physical and chemical properties make it ideal for a number of applications. It is highly prized by people because of its attractive color, its rarity, resistance to tarnish, and its many special properties – some of which are unique to gold.

Uses of Gold

It is used in dentistry and medicine, in jewelry and arts, in medallions and coins, in ingots as a store of value, for scientific and electronic instruments, and as an electrolyte in the electro-plating industry.