Gold from German riversWe now also offer gold from German rivers. The Rhine and Elbe rivers in particular are gold-bearing, albeit in tiny quantities. Therefore, only enthusiasts wash gold in the traditional washing pans there. A lifetime yield is so rarely more than 10 g. We obtain our river gold from a gravel plant on the Rhine River that has an additional centrifuge installed and collects the available gold during the gravel washing process. The most environmentally friendly method to extract gold. One gram of Rhine gold consists of 30,000 to 50,000 flitters; 0.01 g to 0.05 g of gold is extracted from one ton of washed Rhine gravel (this results in about 40 tons of rock for 1 gram of gold) – all in all, a rather laborious business. We use the raw gold unrefined to preserve the identity of the gold. Due to the slightest, but detectable admixtures, each site leaves its own unique fingerprint.In this way, any gold can be traced back to its source. For example, this is how it was discovered that the gold on the Nebra Sky Disk came from the River Carnon in Cornwall. Imagine, with your rings you can still determine the origin of the gold after decades.Rare and sought-after collector’s items are the gold ducats minted in 1764 from Rhine gold. The circumscription SIC FULGENT LITTORA RHENI (So shine the banks of the Rhine.) indicates this on each coin.The other components of our alloys are copper, silver, zinc and palladium. The copper comes from cable scrap, the silver from the recycling process of a refinery, and the zinc is waste from a roofing company. Only palladium is giving us a headache. This comes from the former Soviet Union. But even there, we try to make the best of it.