Gold has been a principal store of wealth and unsurpassed as an object of desire for the entirety of human history. Cultures have historically fashioned their treasures from gold. There may be no culture with access to gold that has not fashioned its treasures from it whether these treasures were of personal significance (in the case of engagement and weddings rings) or intended to express or reinforce the central religious tenets of the society.
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