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    Fast Facts: Oct. 22

    • It is estimated that only about 100,000 tons of gold have been mined during all of recorded history.
    • The rarest gem, painite, was discovered in Burma. Fewer than 10 specimens exist in the world.
    • The name “”turquoise”” comes from the fact that it was first brought to Europe from the Mediterranean by Levantine traders, also known as Turks.
    • Ancient Greeks named amber from the word electron, because rubbing amber gives off static electricity.
    • From 330 B.C. to A.D. 1237, most of the world’s emeralds came from Cleopatra’s mine in Egypt.
    • The California Gold Rush yielded 125 million ounces of gold from 1850-1875 — more than had been mined in the previous 350 years and worth more than $50 billion today.

       

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