Large 7.5 ounce California gold nugget

Man And Gold Through The Ages

8 ounces of large Alaska gold nuggets


History of Man and His Gold

The history of gold is virtually the history of man's civilization.  Over the centuries, gold is been the accurate measure and mirror of man's aspirations and motivations, faithfully revealing our efforts in its gleaming surfaces.  Yet gold is so remarkably impervious to the effects of time while it shows the instincts of mankind both noble and base. There is little question that gold has shaped and enhanced our lives, yet it has occasionally destroyed entire civilizations.

Gold is like nothing else see my man under the sun, sky and sea.  Itís beautiful qualities are both overwhelmingly practical and yet somehow mystical.  Wherever gold has become the basis of economic life, itís flow and movement has created paths that have changed forever the destiny of men and nations.  Over the centuries, gold has assumed  many additional roles, especially in our age of sophistication and technology. Gold is still priced as a store of money and value, but it has many uses. While its principal use is still in jewelry, gold now has many additional applications in our contemporary life. Gold has soared into space with the astronauts, its reflective ability used on the heat shields that are critical to life.  It is used in medicine and dentistry as well as a number of industries and especially in electronics.  Because of its great resistance to corrosion, gold is used as an electrical contact material, and this has put gold into hundreds of hi-tech electronics applications from TV sets to telephones, computers, cell phones and calculators, there is no question that this metal has proven its contemporary worth.


Valued by both individuals and governments, gold is become increasingly accepted as a viable medium of investment in the United States. This is largely due to the development of exchange-traded funds that buy and hold gold for investors. They have become increasingly important in recent years and are spreading from the US market to investment markets around the world. Historically, gold has been an important store hold of wealth for families in Europe, India and China. As the developing markets of the world increase in wealth, gold investment from the residents of countries such as India and China continues to accelerate. In times of inflation or monetary devaluation, gold holds a value that cannot be destroyed by the greed, mistakes and errors of human governments. This fact holds a great appeal for residents of countries with unstable and unreliable governments.

Gold is actually all around us.  It is both seen and unseen.  It exists in the earth's crust in the season, rivers and implants.  It exists, in minute quantities, even in our bodies.  About 10,000,000,000 tons of gold are estimated to be held suspended in ocean waters of the world.  Unfortunately the cost of removing that gold from the ocean makes its recovery highly uneconomic.  The search for gold remains exciting, dramatically speculative, and an adventure of high stakes, high risks and higher rewards.  Were gold does exist in payable quantities, it is still difficult and expensive to mine, and often five to 10 tons of ore must be mined and processed to extract just 1 ounce of gold.  As a result, there is no reason to wonder why gold is such a rare and expensive material. 


Want to know a little bit more about this crazy prospector guy? Well, here's a little bit more about me, and how I got into prospecting: Chris' Prospecting Story  

Nevada Turquoise, Tanzanite and Tourmaline Jewelry

Nevada Outback Gems

Find out more by checking out All of Our links below:
View our Premium Contemporary Turquoise Jewelry - Wearable Artwork! View our Unique Gem Quality Turquoise Cabochons
Premium Jewelry, with Gemstones of all types Top Quality Loose Gemstones - Gemstones of all types
Rare Crystals and Gemstone Rough, all types including Turquoise Check out our EBAY Store For Jewelry, Gemstones and Rough
How to make a purchase, information and terms More information about us - Nevada Outback Gems
About Nevada Turquoise Contact us - we want to help
More Info about Turquoise, the Beautiful Gem Nevada Outback Gems Homepage
Take a virtual tour of our Nevada Turquoise mines Our Free Colored Gemstone Information Encyclopedia
Chris' Adventures Prospecting for Gold, Silver, Turquoise and other Gems Nevada Outback Library and Bookstore - Learn more!
Nevada Outback Gems Website News More Info about Gem Cutting
Metal Detecting with the MXT Metal Detector Tanzanite Jewelry
Nevada Outback Gems Site Map Buy Safely on EBay: avoid fraud and scam artists