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Five Most Precious Metals and Their Amazing Uses

Published by nobert soloria bermosa in Science
June 26th, 2008

Precious metals are usually used in jewelries, check out their other uses.

Precious metals are rare metallic chemical element of high economic value. The best-known precious metals are gold and silver. Other precious metals include the platinum group metals: ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, osmium, iridium and platinum. Rhenium is a precious metal that is not part of the platinum group or one of the traditional precious metals. This article focuses only on five precious metals and their uses. (Photos courtesy of Wikipedia)

Gold and Its Uses

Amazing Facts

The Istana Nurul Iman palace domes are made of gold-leaf. It is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah.

Gold is the most malleable and ductile metal; a single gram can be beaten into a sheet of one square meter, or an ounce into 300 square feet.

Uses of Gold

  1. Gold is the most popular metal used in jewelry making. Here are some other uses of this precious metal.
  2. McLaren F1 uses gold foil in the engine compartment
  3. Gold is used in astronauts’ helmets
  4. Gold can be used in food. Goldwater, traditional herbal liquor produced in Poland and Germany, contains flakes of gold leaf. There are also some expensive ($1000) cocktails which contain flakes of gold leaf.
  5. Gold is used in the connectors of expensive electronics cables, like audio, video and USB cables
  6. Gold is used in computers, communications equipment, spacecraft, and jet aircraft engines
  7. Colloidal gold (also known as “nanogold”, is a suspension (or colloid) of sub-micromete-sized particles of gold in a fluid – usually water) is used in research applications in medicine, biology and materials science. Colloidal gold is also the form of gold used as gold paint on ceramics prior to firing.
  8. It is used for the protective coatings on many artificial satellites
  9. It is used in infrared protective faceplates in thermal protection suits
  10. It is used in electronic warfare planes like the EA-6B Prowler
  11. Gold is used as the reflective layer on some high-end CDs
  12. The isotope gold-198 is used in some cancer treatments and for treating other diseases
  13. Gold leaf, flake or dust is used on and in some gourmet foodstuffs, notably sweets and drinks as decorative ingredient
  14. Gold alloys are used in restorative dentistry, especially in tooth restorations, such as crowns and permanent bridges
  15. Gold can be made into thread and used in embroidery

Silver and Its Uses

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  1. Unofre Pili
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 10:37 am

    As always educational bro. With this article many school children will be spared from their science assignment.LOL.

  2. PR Mace
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Very educational. I agree this would be a good article for children.

  3. Ruby Hawk
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I will have to save this for my granddaughter. she is into all kinds of metal, great information.

  4. Floyd Bogart
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Very informative.
    Useful research.

  5. quiet voice
    Posted June 27, 2008 at 12:39 am

    …Hi nobert, as always, very
    educational. Nicely done. Take
    care.

  6. s hayes
    Posted June 27, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Ho Nobert,
    Great article

  7. tracy sardelli
    Posted June 27, 2008 at 8:43 am

    Excellent article, well done.

  8. Alexa Gates
    Posted June 28, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I’m not sure if you knew this about gold, but when you wear it in chlorine and bleach it disinigrates the metal… great article!

  9. Anne Lyken-Garner
    Posted June 29, 2008 at 10:00 am

    An informative article here with brilliant pictures too.

  10. salvatore
    Posted June 29, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    great article buddy.

  11. Judy Sheldon
    Posted June 29, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Fascinating facts with beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  12. MindIt
    Posted June 29, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Amazing article about metals!

  13. baerjamin
    Posted July 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    what about titanium?

  14. Lucy Lockett
    Posted July 6, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Great article and research!

  15. Eden Emersen
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Very informative!

  16. bobby
    Posted July 22, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    This article is really nice.it will help in my research very well.i love it,

  17. nobert soloria bermosa
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    thank you all,i appreciate your support very much

  18. Jason
    Posted August 20, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Chlorine does not dissolve gold. Gold doesn’t react with anything as far as I know.

    That was a fun article. Thanks!

  19. john
    Posted September 4, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    concise and informative but lacking citations.

  20. meme
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 8:20 am

    i need 10 uses of 10 nonmetals for my chemistry project…can u help me please :(

  21. no name
    Posted February 5, 2009 at 4:57 am

    not bad

  22. Chontalle
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Can you please put why they are better than any other metal please.

  23. haha
    Posted June 3, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    nerds lololololol

  24. aqil
    Posted June 23, 2009 at 11:17 am

    thanks u saved me from my chem project

  25. Sophia Rose Pasay
    Posted August 5, 2009 at 6:25 am

    thank you!…if it wer’nt for this site i may not be able to complete my project in chemistry!…thank you!

  26. Posted January 27, 2010 at 4:46 am

    bey lavde ke baal

  27. Arsh
    Posted June 10, 2010 at 12:27 am

    good job buddy thanks for sharing

  28. khalil
    Posted August 23, 2010 at 4:39 am

    Great article and thaks for sharing

  29. Posted October 28, 2010 at 10:30 am

    nice and cool site

  30. Posted October 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    i want the uses of non metals too

  31. chuks okpara
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Great article!
    Please can you give me names of precious metals used in making a radio set ?
    Thanks,
    Chuks

  32. shinu
    Posted May 12, 2012 at 2:29 am

    they are very-2 useful :)

  33. Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    hi my name is madison

    i am doing an assignment on e-waste and i have chose computers

    what a some precious metals in computers

    thanks madison

  34. Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    hi my name is madison

    i am doing an assignment on e-waste and i have chose computers

    what a some precious metals in computers

    thanks madison

  35. Posted June 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Posted May 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    hi my name is mike

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