AROUND 4,000 BCE
First discovered in the ancient world in its most basic and natural state in streams and in the ground, gold became mankind’s first precious metal. Civilisations used it in the making of jewellery and other artefacts due to its brilliance and resistance to tarnishing. The rarity and beauty of gold quickly made it the symbol of royalty and glamour in nearly every culture, with many civilisations associating it with deities and immortality. Gold became one of the most valuable and sought-after metals, and during prehistoric times, was seen as being a viable currency in certain countries.
A material that was widely distributed around the world, gold was believed to be a symbol of wealth among ordinary people. Mankind intuitively placed a high value on its name, associating the metal with power, royalty and cultural elite. Ever since its use throughout ancient civilisations until now, the cultural thinking and association people have with gold in society has not changed, and it still remains a highly sought-after material.
A material that was widely distributed around the world, gold was believed to be a symbol of wealth among ordinary people