Gold is a particularly easy to process precious metal. Its brilliance dazzles many. This is why it is no surprise gold is used not only in industry, but also in the creation of all kinds of luxurious goods.
National Geographic Channel has compiled several curious uses for gold:
Construction: golden roof and glass
Anyone of us has seen golden towers of churches. The surface made of this easily processed metal ensures longevity and rust-resistant. A golden roof is an expensive pleasure. Golden pigments are often used is production of glass. A little bit of golden powder gives glass a rich ruby-red tone. Gold surface also provides good sunlight reflection: in summer it helps reflect sun beams and keeps things cool in the house and maintain nice comfortable temperatures in winter.
Space: gold-coated visors
Visors of astronauts’ helmets are coated with a thin layer of gold. It helps protect eyes and face from strong sunlight beams and radiation.
Finances: golden credit cards
The absolute social status symbol! Incredibly wealthy people have the means and the desire to show off their wealth in any way. Several years ago, Sberbank-Kazakhstan released a special Visa Infinite Exclusive card. This car is special because it is made from pure gold with 26 diamonds. The initial price of the card was USD 100,000. Restoration fee is USD 2,000 a year. This card is offered to only TOP 100 Visa Infinite clients. What is interesting is that, according to the bank’s representatives, manufacture of cards costs USD 64,000. Following the issue of the card, USD 35,000 is then transferred to the client’s bank account.
JP Morgan Chase Palladium card is processed with 24 carat gold and platinum. The owner’s name and surname is engraved with laser.
Medicine: golden teeth
People often laugh about golden teeth are most often used by pop stars and gangsters. In reality, however, gold has been used in dentistry a long time. Gold is useful because it is chemically inert, non-allergic and an easily processed material.
Drink: vodka with golden leaves
Goldschläger vodka is one of the most famous alcoholic drinks. One particular factor that makes this brand of vodka so fascinating is that there are small golden leaves inside the bottle. It is a special Swiss cinnamon vodka brand that contains thin 24 carat golden leaves. A single bottle costs only approximately GBP 25.
Nicotine: cigars wrapped in gold
Shall we smoke some gold? Multiple Las Vegas casinos and hotels offer clients hand-made Dominican cigars wrapped in gold. A single cigar costs USD 500. An entire crate of those cigars costs USD 4,800.
Technology: golden smart devices
Smart devices, iPhone and iPad, for example, can be considered symbols of one status. With that said, there are certainly people that cannot imagine not having a golden smart device. The price of a golden iPhone 6 produced by London-based Gold&Co’s was GBP 3,000. Each device has a unique number, an elegant wooden case with a certificate of authenticity. Luxurious rooms of Burj al Arab hotel offer clients platinum and golden plated iPads. Jewellers of London-based Alchemist have created an iPhone 6 decorated with gold plates and 700 diamonds. The price of this device is GBP 600,000.
Fashion: golden capsules
Yes, there are actual 20 mm ingestible capsules filled with 24 carat gold leaves. It is part of Indulgences collection created by designers Ken Courtney and Tobias Wong. They created a number of curious and funny items as a response to the excessiveness of the luxury industry. A single capsule costs ‘only’ USD 425. The collection also includes a pair of Nike sneakers made from 24 carat gold.
Cuisine: exclusive golden muffin
Abu Dabi-based Bloombury celebrates its jubilee and the opening of a new café by preparing a golden muffin. The special dish was named Golden Phoenix and cost ‘only’ USD 28,000.
Safina Yusuf Ali is the author of this idea. The muffin itself is made from 23 carat edible golden leaves, highest quality vanilla beans from Uganda, Premium Amedei Porcelena chocolate from Italy, Rachels organic butter and Doves organic flour from Britain.
Beauty: golden beauty masks
Who could have known that queen Cleopatra of Ancient Egypt used golden beauty masks to keep the skin on her face youthful and soft? Many SPA centres nowadays offer special face beautification services that use gold-containing creams. UMO cosmetics manufacturer’s patented system uses the beneficial effect 24 carat gold has on skin. The price of the service is approximately USD 600.