All that glitters: 12 golden objects in our collections
Gold is a colour of reverence, an object of luxury, a symbol of wealth and power. As a mineral, it is geologically scarce, adding to its rarity and value. On top of this it is uniquely malleable and resistant to tarnish and corrosion.
From goldwork and gilding to goldsmithing and jewellery making, here is a look at the ways in which gold has been used in objects from our collections.
" Gold — what can it not do, and undo?"
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