Saturday, May 30, 2009

Electrum



Formula:
(Au, Ag)
Lustre: Metallic
Name: From the Greek ήλεκτρου for "amber," in allusion to its colour.
A variety of Gold

Gold-Silver Series. A variety of gold containing silver, usually with >20% of silver. from

The Pactolus River beside the slopes of Mount Tmolus in the kingdom of Lydia was one of the most important sources of electrum in the ancient world. According to Greek mythology, the river acquired its electrum when King Midas of nearby Phrygia bathed in it to wash away his golden touch, which had turned even his food into gold, a telling parable about the destructiveness of wealth. In actuality, The Paktolos River acquired its electrum from electrum-laden quartz deposits near Mount Tmolos (called Mount Bozdag today). from
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