“To shine, to gleam, to be yellow and green.” This week is all about the Midas touch --- GOLD! We explore the early history of gold, some fundamental basics, how it has become the metal of choice and of course, the lore behind it all.
00:00:00 Take 1 to 11
01:42:00 What does gold mean?
02:22:00 Early history of mining for gold
03:08:00 Oldest known mine
03:33:00 Oldest recorded metal employed by humans
03:41:00 But why did we decided that gold would be the
metal of choice
(A look into its properties)
06:11:00 Why else is gold desirable to work with?
08:28:00 Understanding karat gold
09:44:00 Mixing other metals with gold = alloying
15:20:00 Plentiful sources
17:37:00 Where did gold come from?
20:40:00 Gold in the ocean!! SAY WHAT!!
21:48:00 The quest for gold
25:00:00 History of the gold welding band
27:51:50 You can also eat it
29:33:00 Aura around gold
33:05:00 History between mercury and gold
Getting to know you, getting to know all about . . . Paul! You’ve heard us reference Paul throughout other episodes so its time we put him in the hot seat. Parlé wouldn’t be the same company without him because heck, he manages our whole production team. We learn about his childhood passion for minerals and his journey into his role.
Don’t forget to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us via FB or IG to ask Paul questions you would like to know about production.
00:00:00 Parlé Spiders
00:43:00 Welcome back, welcome back
01:22:00 Intro to . . . . . . Paul
02:29:00 How long have you worked for Parlé?
03:19:00 Did you come straight out of college?
06:39:00 Instilling cleanliness
06:58:00 Proprietary vs. Secret
07:55:00 Did you ever get to learn how to cut gemstones?
08:21:00 After casting, then what?
• Going from geologist to gemologist
• Moving into the stone department
12:28:00 Taking a break from Parlé
14:18:00 Coming back to Parlé, in sales . . . . SAY WHAT?!?!
15:30:00 What about your geology background that helps you with gemology?
16:44:00 Where does your passion for geology come from?
18:42:00 Buying together
20:33:00 A day in the life
21:53:00 (Tangent) Farm life: raising Black Angus
23:39:00 A day in the life (continued)
26:46:50 Buying gemstones is fun
27.29.00 What is your favorite gemstone?
Mexican Fire Opal is what is up for the week! Yes, Jonathan and Brecken covered opal in 2 prior podcast episodes but thought it would be best to go into a little more detail about this mystical stone. From Aztec lore to the very core of how this opal is formed.
[Warning: we experience some technical difficulties in the middle of the recording so we apologize for the intermittent sound quality.]
00:24:00 Gemma and a little story time
03:05:00 Mexican Fire Opal introduction
03:47:00 Mexican Fire Opal
04:33:00 Aztec name for Opal
06:19:00 Where it is found
07:18:00 How is it formed?
07:55:00 How is it formed (continued)
09:18:00 It almost appears to glow
09:51:00 Fire Opal/Mexican Fire opal mix-up
11:23:00 Play of color
11:52:00 Base colors of Fire Opal
13:29:00 Faceted Fire Opal
15:19:00 Water content in opal
16:58:50 Amorphous crystal structure
18:54:00 Leopard Opal
19:58:50 Mystical properties
This podcast hasn't been reviewed yet. You can add a review to show others what you thought.
Mentioned In These Lists
There are no lists that include "Gem Junkies". You can add this podcast to a new or existing list.