Gold is a soft metal with a bright golden yellow colour and natural lustre. The metal occurs as nuggets or grains, in rocks and alluvial deposits. It also occurs less commonly in minerals as gold compounds. It can be combined with other metals to create stronger alloys which make it a better material for everyday use.

Gold plating is the process of depositing a thin layer of gold onto the surface of another metal, usually copper or silver by chemical or electrochemical plating.

Properties and qualities

Gold is both malleable and ductile. Its properties are not tarnished which it is exposed to air or water. It is an excellent conductor of electricity and heat and resists corrosion.

How does it feel?

Gold feels dense and firm.


Gold items can be polished by soaking in a solution of two cups of warm water that contains a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid. Gently scrub the gold with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth. For best results, refer to the care instructions on your gold product.