Mineral Of The Day #119: Gold
Mohs Hardness Scale: 2.5
Category: Native element
- Spinning straw into gold for three consecutive nights makes a woman eligible to marry a king.
- There is a pot of it at the end of every rainbow.
- Everything that King Midas touched turned to gold.
- Alchemy is the process by which copper and other base metals are turned to gold by way of an elixir.
- Medically, gold is used in dentistry, and it makes an attractive gold tooth.
Mineral Of The Day #119: Pyrite
Mohs Hardness Scale: 6-6.5
Category: Sulfide mineral
- Pyrite is also known as “Fool’s Gold” because of its resemblance to gold.
- It is the most common sulfide mineral.
- It was used in the 16th and 17th centuries as a source of ignition in early firearms.
- Commercially, it is used for the production of sulfur dioxide, which is used in the paper industry.
- Pyrite is also used to make marcasite jewelry.