​The Metals Of Antiquity – Mercury

When Charles Lutwidge Dodgson penned his now famous children's book, he couldn't have known that the Hatter, one of the best-known characters in the story, would become synonymous with a type of mercury poisoning that affects the brain and nervous system 1 . That story is of course "Alice In Wonderland", and the author's pen name was Lewis Carroll....
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The Metals Of Antiquity – Iron

It's raining cats and dogs, and iron. Whilst today we know iron is, by weight, the 4th most abundant element in the earth's crust, and that there is more iron on earth than any other metal, our ancient forebears didn't. For millennia, iron literally was a gift from the skies in the form of iron meteorites, although it has to be said we didn't actua...
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The Metals Of Antiquity – Lead

​ If you consider the contribution of plumbing to human life, the other sciences fade into insignificance. – James P. Gorman Plumbing, plumbers and lead go way back. In fact, the profession and its professionals can thank the soft, pliable metal for their name. The Latin word for lead is 'plumbum'. Interestingly, other 'plumb' words like the survey...
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​The Metals Of Antiquity – Tin

The metals of antiquity are the seven metals which humans had identified and found use for in prehistoric times: gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, iron, and mercury. 1 Although the circumstances surrounding the original discovery of tin – when, where, how – have never been established with any degree of certainty, and have given rise to numerous the...
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​The Metals Of Antiquity – Copper

If gold has been humankind's most valuable friend throughout the ages, copper has certainly been our most useful. Kind of like dogs and cats, or horses and dogs for the horse fanciers amongst us. Copper has been the more important 'friend' to us in terms of its usefulness, because we used it to make tools, weapons and various other implements. Gold...
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​Gold: A Trip Down Memory Lane

For more than 6000 years, gold has held its place at the head of the economics value chain. This unswerving longevity has produced a confidence that this situation isn't likely to change anytime soon. Historically gold has underpinned governments, currencies, and entire economies. It still does – gold is the only metal central banks and governments...
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​Dozens, And Counting, of Uses For Silver

Silver has been playing second investment fiddle to its more popular cousin gold for some time but that doesn't mean it isn't a vary valuable commodity in its own right. It also probably doesn't come as too much of a surprise to learn that where gold goes, silver isn't usually very far behind. In other words, the two commodities often share similar...
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