We don’t want silver, we don’t want bronze, it’s about going for gold. Gold is a chemical element with the symbol Au and the atomic number 79. It is a shiny, soft and dense metal that belongs to group 11, along with copper and silver.
Gold is the first recorded metal used by humans. The oldest gold artifacts date back to around 4600 BC in Bulgaria and are called Varna gold because they were found in the Varna necropolis. However, it is believed that gold artifacts began to be made in ancient Egypt during the pre-dynastic period. Gold is mentioned quite frequently in the Old Testament and is included as one of the gifts of the Magi in the New Testament.
To this day, gold continues to be used around the world. Gold has great symbolic meaning, especially to indicate success. For example, the Olympics offer gold medals to first-place winners, the Nobel Prize is gold, and many coveted entertainment awards are gold-plated. It is of course also used in jewelry and the Government of Canada releases a Canadian maple leaf gold coin every year.
In recent years, gold has become increasingly popular in tattooing. Gold is a difficult color and texture to replicate, however, many realistic artists have mastered it. We’ve curated some of our favorite gold tattoos in the gallery below. Take a look at these tattoos and let us know your favorite tattoo in this list in the comments section on social media.