Historic Gold Pieces

Gold has been considered a commodity of great value since ancient times as it has been in use as a precious metal for centuries and has never gone to zero value. It has instead been accumulating greater value and has continued to be a means of trade for most countries on the international platform.

This metal has proven to be of worth in all fields and its rarity and purity have made it a great material for representing ideas such as love, decoration and even power depending on how it is used. The appeal of gold took over most regions of the world in ancient times with the greatly impacted civilizations being ancient Greece, Egypt and Asia. The craftsmen discovered the great value of the material, with its ability to bend and hold different shapes providing the inspiration to create golden pieces worth millions.

Besides having the ability to bend into various shapes, it was also discovered that gold could be mixed or combined with other metals to make it stronger and more durable without necessarily interfering with its value. This combination of gold with other metals has since made it possible to come up with gold pieces that suit the different needs in the market as there are many people who cannot afford to buy items made of pure gold. Nowadays there are purity measurements in the market to indicate the degree of mixing the gold has undergone. The number of carats of an item indicates the percent of gold used in its making with 24 carats being pure gold.

There are important historic gold pieces that still have great value and are therefore treasured. Some of the most famous pieces are the Mesopotamian Headdress which shows the great skill of the ancient craftsmen from the area now known as Iraq. There is also the Mold Gold Cape, the Griffin Armlet with its human and animal features and the Byzantine Marriage Ring which was made many centuries before diamond engagement rings became popular.

Other historic pieces are the Renaissance Gold Chain, the Cellini Salt Cellar, the Egyptian Revival jewelry of the 1920’s and the Lalique Swallow pendant-brooch. The Passe-Partout jewelry created during World War II and the Babeto Gold Cuff also make the list of the most historic and treasured gold pieces of the world.

Gold is still gaining value in the world markets and more so in the jewelry industry as people want to own these precious beautiful items. Some have the need to identify with a certain class of people and have actually managed to do so by investing in gold pieces. This precious material also forms the basis for a great amount of trade.