Gold is metallic, with a yellow colour when in a mass, but when finely divided it may be black, ruby, or purple. It is the most malleable and ductile metal; 1 ounce (28 g) of gold can be beaten out to 300 square feet. It is a soft metal and is usually alloyed to give it more strength.
Gold is a chemical element.
Compared to other metals, gold is less chemically reactive.
Gold is a good conductor of electricity and heat.
Gold is shiny, soft and dense.
Gold is malleable enough for just 1 gram to be hammered into a sheet 1 square meter in size.
Gold As Investment
Although the price of gold can be volatile in the short term, it has always maintained its value over the long term.
Through the years, it has served as a hedge against inflation and the erosion of major currencies, and thus is an investment well worth considering.
Investors can invest in gold through exchange-traded funds (ETFs), buying stock in gold miners and associated companies, and buying physical product. These investors have as many reasons for investing in the metal as they do methods to make those investments.