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What is The Chemical Symbol for Gold?

Chemical Symbol for Gold: Why the Atomic Number is 79?

Chemical Symbol for Gold: Why the Atomic Number is 79?

Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and atomic number 79. The name is from the Latin: aurum, meaning "shiny dawn". Gold is a dense, soft, shiny solid metal. It is a chemical element of the group of elements known as transition metals.

The red-orange metal can be found in nature as nuggets or grains. But it is usually mixed with other metals because pure gold is too soft to work easily. Gold being soft allows you to make gold jewellery, by mixing other metals such as silver or copper to make what are called 'gold alloys'.

Gold is not just used to make coins, gold bars, and jewellery but can also be used to coat electrical devices in order to prevent corrosion. Gold is a good conductor of electricity so it can be used for connectors on instruments with electric circuitry as well.

 

Chemical symbol for gold

Why is Atomic Chemical Symbol for Gold 79?

The reason why Chemical Symbol for gold 79 is because if gold was to be placed under a microscope, we would see electrons orbiting around a nucleus that contains 79 protons. Hence why Scientific Chemical Symbol for Gold is Au because its Atomic Number (a number that represents the number of protons in an atom) is 79.

 

Why is Gold a Precious Metal?

Gold is one of the most sought-after metals in the world and there's no wonder why. Not only does gold has an attractive colour, but also has many qualities that make it desirable like durability to corrosion and oxidation which makes it a noble metal. Gold shares qualities with other precious metals like silver, platinum, or palladium; they don't rust or corrode either! (But not all precious metals are noble metals)

We use 18ct Solid Gold to Make Our Jewellery

We use fine 18ct solid gold to make our Fine Jewellery for women.

Gold has always been a favourite metal for making fine gold jewellery, but it's not just about the colour. Gold also offers durability and shine that no other material can match! From delicate pieces like necklaces or earrings to chains bracelets and pendants, gold is an excellent choice because of its versatility in the design along with how long-lasting they are against wear-and-tear from everyday activities. 

The three main colours of gold: Yellow, (rose gold) Pink Gold and White Gold. These types of gold are made by mixing other metals such as silver, copper or zinc with pure 24 carat gold.

Learn more about what makes 18ct gold jewellery so special. You can find out by reading our blog post 'What is 18ct Gold '.