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  • Sterling Silver is 92.5% with 7.5% other materials, usually copper.

  • Fine Gold is 99.9% pure, but it is too soft to make functional items, that’s why silver is usually mixed with other strong, malleable metals.

  • In the 1960s, the expression “Acid Test” took on a new meaning when the Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters appropriated it to refer to LSD.

  • Sterling Silver Jewelry is often stamped 925, which means it is 92.5% pure.

  • The ogon, or silver koi fish symbolizes success in business and wealth. 

  • In Feng Shui, a silver koi decoration in your house is supposed to attract prosperity.

  • The modern polygraph was invented in 1921 by John Augustus Larson, a medical student at the University of California, Berkeley. 

  • In 2013, An Indiana man received 8 months in prison after teaching people how to beat Federal lie detector tests.

  • Making up 8% of the Earth’s crust, the most common metal on Earth’s surface is Aluminum. 

  • Aluminum is combined with other chemicals in the Earth. It is never in its pure form. 

  • “Half of the soft drinks cans in the USA are made from recycled aluminum”  

  • Driving a car 5 miles costs the same amount of energy that could be saved by recycling a six pack of aluminum cans.

  • It takes ten tons of ore to produce one ounce of platinum. 

  • It takes over 6 months of refining ten tons of ore in order to producer one ounce of platinum. 

  • Platinum is 30 times more rare than gold.

  • Annually, only 133 tons of platinum are mined, compared to about 1,782 tons of gold.

  • Because of its ability to take the highest polish, silver has a greater reflectivity than gold. 

  • Pure silver’s melting point is 1761 degrees Fahrenheit or 961 degrees Celsius. 

  • Gold’s melting point is 1,945 degrees Fahrenheit or 1063 degrees Celsius. 

  • In 1158, King Henry II introduced  the Tealby penny,  which was made of 92.5% pure silver.

  • Crystalline gold is one of the rarest naturally occurring forms of gold.  Specimen nuggets are often classified as gemstones and therefore can attract much higher values than the equivalent weight in bullion gold. 

  • The World’s Largest Crystallized Gold nugget ever found weighs 44 pounds!!!  It is currently on display at the museum at IronStone Vineyards in Murphys, California.

  • In 1863 Bill Fairweather and his party discovered gold in southwestern Montana.  Alder Gulch was one of the great gold producers of all time. The site of the largest placer gold strike in world history. It produced $10,000,000 during the first year.