Gold is a fascinating material : the color, the radiance and especially the combination of its characteristics make it the favorite metal of Humans to create jewels, adornments and precious objects. In Nature, gold can take different shapes, from the most irregular nuggets to practically perfect crystalline shapes. In jewelry, to create volumes and textures which are as varied as they are astounding, gold is generally alloyed, especially in order to make it more durable, but also to give it a broader color range. From its atomic structure to its different deposits, to its exceptional properties and its unexpected alloys, discover gold in all its incarnations !
Photo : Crystallized gold from Australia / Copyright: Musée de Minéralogie MINES ParisTech / E. Gaillou