This is very interesting, Nick, though the chemistry can quickly go
beyond my one college course. I cannot argue with you that gold plate
(eg on kitchen plates and cutlery) is at least 2,500 atoms deep. For
plating cutlery the process is electrostatic is it not? Are the
charged particles of gold then single atoms or molecules? If they
are, the electroplater could stop at any thickness.
When I pan for gold on the sand bars, I see the well known
gold-magnetite association. I also see mica associated with both and
wonder if that is electrostatic.
I also wonder when I hear about the trillions of dollars worth of
gold in the ocean - is it dissolved or suspended? In either case, how
many atoms do you think are in the aggregates?
If you google on mono-atomic gold you will see that those people are
serious although perhaps misguided. There is a big market for
mono-atomic gold and claims that it has an SG about half that of
gold. I do not think it has yet been proven as hoax though I would
like to see proof either way. I think the jewelry industry
implications are considerable.
BTW, do you think the Carlin Trend in NW Nevada was found by IR
satellite imagery? That was 1961 though and now supplies 80% of US
Now here is a practical jewelry question. What if you were to
suspend gold dust in clear plastic or glass jewelry pieces? How fine
would it be?