From: Ollinghouse Mine, Washoe country, Nevada,
Hardness: 2.5 - 3 on the mohr's scale.
Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable and ductile metal. It has a bright yellow color and luster traditionally considered attractive, which it maintains without oxidizing in air or water. Chemically, gold is a transition metal and a group 11 element. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements solid under standard conditions. The metal therefore occurs often in free elemental (native) form, as nuggets or grains in rocks, in veins and in alluvial deposits. Less commonly, it occurs in minerals as gold compounds, usually with tellurium.