Gold, like no other metal, has a long and fascinating history and a special place in the world. Gold is one of the very few Noble Metals, which is resistant to oxidation an corrosion. For thousands of years it has been used as an ornament of royalty, a currency and standard for global currencies, and more recently, in a wide range of electronic devices and medical applications.
Gold's many unique properties have secured it a central role in history and human development. Gold is a remarkable, rare metal, with an unparalleled combination of chemical and physical properties. It is the only yellow metal and bears its name from the Old English word for yellow, 'geolu'. It is also the only metal that forms no oxide film on it's surface in air at normal temperatures, meaning that it will never rust or tarnish.