A sample of native gold. Gold has been treasured since ancient times for its beauty and permanence. Most of the gold that is fabricated today goes into the manufacture of jewelry, but it also performs critical functions in computers, communications equipment, spacecraft, jet aircraft engines, and a host of other products. Read more about gold here.
Sample provided by Carlin Green, USGS. Sample originated from Pontes e Lacerda, Mato Grosso, Brazil, and is 3.5cm in size.